Sodexo has launched a new facility for military personnel at Worthy Down Station, Hampshire.
Sodexo worked with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) by partnering with the MoD body to launch ‘Village’ – a new concept incorporating one-stop catering, retail and leisure facilities.
The facility, designed to build community, create connections and foster morale among the Royal Navy, army, and Royal Air Force personnel living at Worthy Down, was recently opened by Group Captain Nicholas Brittain.
The ‘Village’ amenity puts an emphasis on the wellbeing of military and civil service personnel and features three key zones: a social and meeting lounge; a micro theatre; and a gaming area. Each zone is designed to bring people together to boost camaraderie among defence personnel.
A combination of a restaurant, café, bar and leisure services provide a social environment as well as a place to unwind after the working day, meeting the varied needs of services personnel, their families and visitors.
It also offers a calendar of events and activities for local users.
Paul Anstey, CEO, Government & Agencies, Sodexo UK & Ireland said: “We designed ‘Village’ based on insight from the DIO and research that we commissioned with IPOS Mori and King’s College London to provide us with in-depth insight into understanding the most pressing needs of today’s forces personnel, the wider defence community and the MoD.
“The integrated approach considers all aspects of military life and focuses on reducing isolation, low morale and boredom to improve recruitment, retention, wellbeing and the creation of a focused, agile workforce. It also brings a more positive quality of life for those living and working at the base.
“The military is a small, close-knit community, so it was essential that the design of ‘Village’ reflected this concept.”
Andy Honnor, DIO’s regional head for the South East, added: “Group Captain Brittain had a vision which DIO supported and Sodexo built upon using recent experience in other areas; ‘Village’ is the manifestation of this vision.
“Fantastic collaboration between DIO and Sodexo meant that this project was delivered on time and within budget.”
‘Village’ is part of the new Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration, a £300 million tri-service facility that DIO is building at Worthy Down. It forms part of the MoD’s strategy to rationalise its estate and improve training provision and living quarters for service personnel.