Army Training Centre, Pirbright

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Army Training Centre, Pirbright
Pirbright Camp entrance - - 58993.jpg
Pirbright Camp entrance
Army Training Centre, Pirbright is located in Surrey
Army Training Centre, Pirbright
Army Training Centre, Pirbright
Location within Surrey
Coordinates 51°18′13″N 00°39′50″W / 51.30361°N 0.66389°W / 51.30361; -0.66389Coordinates: 51°18′13″N 00°39′50″W / 51.30361°N 0.66389°W / 51.30361; -0.66389
Type Training Centre
Site information
Owner Ministry of Defence
Operator  British Army
Site history
Built 1875
Built for War Office
In use 1875-Present

The Army Training Centre (ATC) at Pirbright in Surrey, provides Phase 1 military training for elements of the British Army.


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.[1] 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[2][3][4] is the home of the Army Training Regiment, Pirbright,[5] Elizabeth Barracks is the base of 1st Battalion the Welsh Guards,[6] whilst Household Division and Parachute Regiment Centralized Courses (HDPRCC) is at Brunswick Lines.[7]


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.[8]


  1. ^ "Pirbright History". Surrey Property. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  2. ^ 'Parishes: Pirbright' A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 3, ed. H E Malden, London, 1911, pp. 363-365 accessed 9 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Plan to improve barracks accommodation for returning forces". Get Surrey. 11 March 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Army recruit found hanged at Pirbright camp". Get Surrey. 22 September 2008. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Army Training Centre, Pirbright" (PDF). Ministry of Defence. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Pirbright barracks rebuilt for Welsh Guards' arrival". BBC News. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "IG Junior Non-Commissioned Officer". Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "ATC Pirbright". Retrieved 30 March 2014.