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£12 billion military base for South Wales

The largest PFI project in the UK, which will dwarf the scale of London’s 2012 Olympics programme, has been submitted for planning

The Ministry of Defence’s mammoth £12 billion St Athan Defence Technical College (DTC) in South Wales is being designed by Scott Brownrigg, Capita and HLM under the Metrix consortium banner.

Due to open its doors in 2014, the campus will house a giant joint training centre for the Army, Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force as well as ‘significant new leisure and recreational facilities’ which will be made ‘available to the public on an agreed basis.’

Duncan MacRae, the director of Metrix Property, the construction arm of Metrix UK, said: ‘The redevelopment of MOD St Athan is a project of national significance and will ensure that the MOD continues to provide and improve upon the high standards of technical training to military personnel.’

Plans for the vast scheme, which was first uncovered by the AJ back in March 2007, were lodged with the Vale of Glamorgan Council last week.

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