CONSTRUCTION is underway on a new Early Years’ Nursery and Pre-school to benefit families in Tidworth.

The facility, which is located in Salisbury Road and is scheduled for completion in autumn 2019, is designed to enable children to develop confidence and self-esteem including through hands-on learning experiences in the surrounding woodland.

The building is being delivered by Aspire Defence Capital Works on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, and will cater for the increase in local early years demand under the Army Basing Programme (ABP).

It will see approximately 1,300 military families relocating to the Salisbury Plain Training Area, including Tidworth, in 2019.

Mark Duddy, ABP director, said: “This new Early Years’ facility will be an important addition to the Tidworth community that will support local families, both military and civilian, in the area for many years to come.

“This facility is a great example of how we are investing in new infrastructure beyond the important military assets inside the wire, to enable the moves of single soldiers and military families to the Salisbury Plain Training Area in 2019.”

Contractors are moving onto site later this month to begin planning-approved tree felling works.

The building has been positioned to minimise tree removals, with some tree cover to be retained around the perimeter though an area of mature woodland within the site and some individual trees along the A338 road need to be cleared.

The single-storey design has ambitions of sustainability so the building’s environmental performance will be monitored.