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Fulwood Barracks could get new gym and expand due to increasing troop numbers

Posted on - 18th August, 2015 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Fulwood, Garrison, Preston News
Fulwood Barracks

Fulwood Barracks

Major works to expand the number of buildings inside Fulwood Barracks has been proposed.

The Ministry of Defence wants to build a new gym and store rooms as the number of troops stationed in the city increases.

Plans from WYG Planning and Environment outline how an additional 2,450 square metres are needed on site to accomodate the recently relocated 3 Medical Regiment.

Fulwood Barracks has 16 listed buildings within its confines and is within the Fulwood Conservation Area.

It is considered to be one of the best preserved examples of a 19th century barracks.

WYG state: “There will be no substantial harm to the heritage assets from these proposed works.

“The works have been sensitively designed to integrate well into the existing site, having regard to the setting of the Listed buildings and the character and appearance of the Fulwood Conservation Area.

“The works will ensure that the Barracks are fit for purpose and are able to meet the operational and legal requirements of the military therefore significantly improving the conditions for those based at the Barracks.”

The works include refurbishing an existing officers mess, building a new gym hall, refurbishing the existing gym and building a new Quartermasters store.

It follows plans last summer to build a new block to house more troops and refurbish a grade-II listed officers mess.

The full plans are available to view on the Preston City Council website.

Anyone wishing to comment on the plans can do so on the city council website.

Due to the size and scale of the plans they will be decided by councillors on the Preston City Council planning committee in the coming months.

What do you think of the plans? Do you live nearby? Let us know in the comments below

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