A WILTSHIRE firm has been awarded a contract worth over £250,000 to complete the outdoor furniture needed at the new £121m Defence and Technical Training College at Lyneham.

Langley Design, based in Hankerton, produces outside furniture including benches, seats, tables, cycle parking and shelters with materials sourced within a 35-mile radius of its base, including timber from a firm in Cricklade.

The project, which will involve around 10 members of staff from Langley Design and additional local sub-contractors, is expected to be completed in July.

Managing director Nigel Brookes said it was a real boost to be able to help the local economy with the job.

“We are obviously delighted to be able to win the contract; it was very cost-competitive bidding against other companies,” he said.

“We work all over the place, often not very close to home, so it’s nice to have a project nearby we could bid for. From our point of view it means not having to drive for hours to get to site.

“Most of the spend we have to make on this project will be going into the local economy.

“We are supplying cycle shelters, compounds for refuse and recycling, training area compounds and all the site’s external areas.”

It is not the first government contract that Langley Design has won, having previously worked at Wakefield and Leeds’ Police Divisional HQs and a leisure facility for Leeds City Council.

Langley Design was one of 300 companies to attend a meet the buyer event in March 2014 after the MoD selected a joint venture from Balfour Beatty and Kier to build the college.

As well as the benefits to local businesses, the college is also set to bring about 1,500 trainees to the Lyneham area.

The Defence College, on the site of the former RAF Lyneham base where the runways and hangars remain in place, is set to be complete by September.