Skanska and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) celebrated the Scandinavian tradition of topping out at Worthy Down’s new college building for the MOD in Hampshire.
The new building, which has reached its highest point in construction terms, will be home to the Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration. It will cover areas including catering, supply, transport and military human resources.
The college will also enable the MOD to train personnel more efficiently and effectively so that they can provide the best possible support for military operations.
The college is one of several buildings currently under construction on the site, with others including recreational facilities and accommodation, while the unit also remains fully operational throughout the build period.
On completion, the developed site will also provide high quality accommodation in a series of ‘villages’, one for junior ranks, one for officers and one for senior non-commissioned officers (SNCO). Trainees will also enjoy sports and recreation facilities, bars, officers’ and SNCO messes, as well as other supporting amenities. There will also be a Royal Logistics Corps museum.
The topping out event was celebrated by a final ceremonial laying of cement, followed by a traditional Scandinavian ‘flying of the fir’, when a spruce tree was flown over the building by tower crane.