Weeton Barracks new block Ministry of Defence p planning

HLM Architects designed the new accommodation block at Weeton Barracks. Credit: via planning documents

MOD lines up 69-bed block at Weeton Barracks

Fylde Council has approved the plans to demolish and replace an unfit-for-purpose accommodation block with a larger and more sustainable building.

The decision was made at the council’s planning committee meeting last week.

Weeton Barracks occupies more than 120 acres off Singleton Road, near Weeton Village. The barracks is occupied by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, part of the Ministry of Defence. It is the home to the 2nd Battalion, the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

The 59-unit Building 12 has been deemed not suitable for accommodating defence staff, which is the reason for its demolition. After Building 12 has been taken down, the site will be soft landscaped.

The replacement for Building 12 will be built on a car park around 100 metres south of the block. This new red brick building will be three storeys and contain 69 single living accommodation rooms with a bedroom and ensuite. Each floor will have a communal kitchen, dining room, and lounge.

Under the plans submitted for DIO by Arcadis, there will be solar panels covering around 70% of the accommodation block’s flat room.

Design team members HLM Architects and Cundall have worked to target a sustainability rating of DREAM Excellent, with DREAM being the defense equivalent of BREEAM. Other energy-saving measures include the use of air source heat pumps.

When finished, this new accommodation block will be around 25,000 sq ft.

More information on the application can be found using reference number 22/0645 on Fylde Council’s planning portal.

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