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New Garrison

New Garrison Headquarters: Crown Copyright Colchester has been a garrison town for many hundreds of years. The presence of the Army was consolidated during the mid to late 1900's, with the construction of several barracks around the central open space known as Abbey Field.   

Garrison masterplan map The £1.5 billion PFI development of a new modern Garrison for the Army has shown a further 35 years commitment to Colchester by the MoD and helped to retain 5,000 jobs in the borough.

It is estimated that the presence of the Garrison also contributes £70million to the local economy each year.