York & North Yorkshire

Catterick Garrison £25m 'town centre' work begins

Gough Road, Catterick
Image caption Work on the £25m scheme is expected to be completed by 2015

Work to create a new "town centre" at one of England's largest army bases has started.

The project, being built in Gough Road at the Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, will include a hotel, shops, cinema and a town square.

Planning permission for the £25m scheme was given in 2013.

The development is expected to create the equivalent of 700 full-time jobs and is due to be completed by Easter 2015.

All infantry soldiers in the British Army receive their basic and advanced training at the base, which has a population of about 18,000.

The garrison commander, Col Stephen Padgett, said: "It will make it a more attractive place for people to be posted, it will make a more attractive place for families as well as for serving personnel.

"It is tremendous and people are very excited about it."

The development is a joint venture between Kier Property and Lingfield Securities.

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