Project Hercules, MOD Lyneham

We created a state-of-the-art training college for the armed forces, developing the local economy and engaging with the local community.

We designed and constructed this new military base and advanced training facility for the Ministry of Defence, working together with our joint venture partner, Kier. The project included detailed design work, demolition, extensive construction, refurbishment of existing buildings and landscaping of the surrounding area.

We delivered new accommodation for military trainees and enhanced training areas, as well as creating a multi-use games area and new sports pitches. The project called for the refurbishment of 36 existing buildings including three hangars and a church. A vacant airbase nearby was also regenerated, becoming an outstanding outdoor training space.

A Herculean effort

This development has boosted the local economy and encouraged engagement with the surrounding communities. At construction peak, the project employed 1,350 people including service leavers and injured ex-military personnel.

We spent two days with pupils at Lyneham Primary School to educate students about the site. During this visit, we helped construct a conservation area, carried out a plant demonstration and took part in a school assembly.

As part of the redevelopment works, we also created a public memorial garden to pay tribute to servicemen and women.

56,000 m2

of new buildings

73,000 m2

of major refurbishment

£158 million

contract value

MOD Lyneham is a fantastic place to train our military personnel. We’re all proud of the contribution we’re making to the Armed Forces – the Defence Infrastructure Organisation’s purpose is to support the armed forces by providing what they need to live, work and train and this project ticks all three boxes in one development.

Air Vice-Marshal, Elaine West,
DIO’s Director of Projects and Programme Delivery