Army Training Centre, Pirbright
|Army Training Centre, Pirbright|
Pirbright Camp entrance
Location within Surrey
|Owner||Ministry of Defence|
|Built for||War Office|
In 1875 the War Office acquired 3,070 acres (12.4 km2) of Pirbright's heath which is the southern end of the north-south range of sand hills in Surrey heath, known as Chobham Ridges. It established rifle ranges, a training depot and 'encampment' for the Brigade of Guards here. Many of the current buildings date to the 1950s with significant extension to buildings in the 1970s. There are separate barracks in the complex: Alexander Barracks is the home of the ATC; Elizabeth Barracks is the base of 1st Battalion the Welsh Guards; and Household Division and Parachute Regiment Centralized Courses (HDPRCC) and the Army Training Unit (South) are based at Brunswick Camp.
The ATC provides basic training for all recruits for the Army Air Corps, the Royal Regiment of Artillery, Royal Corps of Signals, the Royal Logistic Corps, the Adjutant General's Corps, the Royal Army Medical Corps, the Royal Engineers and the Intelligence Corps.
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