Gymnasium plan for military training centre near Salisbury

MILITARY staff could be set to enjoy improved physical training facilities at a Wiltshire military training centre.

An application for a new gymnasium and sports hall at the Defence Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Centre (DCBRNC), at Winterbourne Gunner, near Salisbury, has been submitted to Wiltshire Council.

If approved, a 1300sqm multi-use hall and gymnasium would be built on brownfield land towards the north east corner of the base, to replace the current ‘disparate, inadequate, and undersized physical wellbeing assets … scattered across several locations’.

“The new gymnasium is comprised of three functional building elements; the sports hall, the physical training area, and the ancillary support functions,” the application said.

‘Highly insulated’ walls and using locally-sourced materials where possible would make the development as sustainable as possible, the application added.

The DCBRNC is used as a training base for members of all three UK Armed Forces.

It was first established in 1917 as a Trench Mortar Experimental Establishment under the administrative control of the war department’s ‘experimental ground’ at Porton Down.

For more information, and to comment on the plans, log on to and search for application reference PL/2023/03935.

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