The Vale of Glamorgan Council has resolved to approve the planning application for the Defence Technical College (DTC) at MOD St. Athan and over the coming weeks both the Welsh Assembly Government and Ministry of Defence will complete the statutory processes required to formalise this consent.
The DTC is a nationally important project involving the redevelopment of a large part of the 1000 acre MOD St Athan site, which is home to the RAF 4 School of Technical Training.
The DTC will bring together in one location the technical training for all three Services creating the largest vocational training operation in the country. With up to 3000 students present at any one time, the DTC will create a development similar in size to a small town. As a result, it will have all the facilities that would be expected of a small town, including excellent recreational and sporting amenities which will be a particular feature of the development.
Metrix, the consortium that is behind the DTC is led by technology services company QinetiQ and facilities management specialists Sodexo.
Metrix chairman, Charles Barrington, said: “This is exciting news for the MOD, for Metrix and for the people of South Wales. It is truly a win-win situation for all the stakeholders involved in this nationally important project. This decision is a huge step forward in our plans to reach contract agreement with the MOD in 2010.”
Metrix is the consortium which has been appointed Preferred Bidder to transform three types of specialist training that is critical to the UK Armed Forces, and to manage, build and run what will become the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) Defence Technical College (DTC) which will be based in St Athan, South Wales. Arising out of the Government’s Defence Training Review (DTR) in 2000/2001, which recommended a new approach to training, the DTR Package 1 Project will, when completed, have created a College which will be the largest vocational training operation in the country, and will provide the chance to deliver important changes in training delivery across all three armed services over the course of the next 30 years.
Metrix is led by technology services company QinetiQ, and facilities management specialists, Sodexo. QinetiQ is a leading international provider of technology-based services and solutions to the defence, security and related markets. With over 14,000 employees, QinetiQ operates principally in the UK and North America and already has a significant presence in Wales through the test and evaluation facilities at Pendine and Aberporth, managed on behalf of the MOD, and the West Wales UAV Centre, operated in partnership with the Welsh Assembly Government. In the UK and Ireland, Sodexo employs 43,000 people and provides food and facilities management services to clients at over 2,300 locations in the corporate, education, healthcare, leisure and defence sectors.
For further information see www.metrixuk.com.