Fresh plans have been submitted to transform a military barracks near Lichfield into a state-of-the-art medical training facility.

Whittington Barracks sign

The scheme will see Whittington Barracks become home to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, the Defence Medical Education and Training Agency, the Defence Medical Services Training Centre and 33 Field Hospital.

As part of the development a number of buildings would be demolished, although several will be retained because of their “architectural or historical interest”.

The buildings that will stay under the latest plans are:

  • The Keep (Listed).
  • The 2 no. War Memorials (Listed).
  • The Garrison Church of St George (Listed).
  • Marabout Hall.
  • The existing officers mess.
  • The remaining sections of Victorian perimeter brick wall.
  • Hatherton, Sutherland, Lichfield Blocks the three remaining Victorian militia barracks.
  • Dyott Block and the Victorian stable courtyard in the southwest corner of the barracks.

Other buildings will be retained as they have been identified as having a future purpose, but 53 are set to be demolished if the scheme gets the green light from planning chiefs. In their place would be 13 new structures providing almost 56,000 sq ft of space.

Full details of the proposals can be found on Lichfield District Council’s planning website.


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