Most of the barracks in Diekirch were built in the 1950s
Photo: defence ministry
Luxembourg’s army barracks in Diekirch are to receive a €137m facelift as part of a package of investment in military infrastructure.
According to a government statement published on Wednesday, the money will finance the extension and renovation of the Grand Duke Jean barracks in Härebierg. Among other things, the development will include more modern sports facilities and a central kitchen.
“At a time when military missions are becoming more numerous and complex, a barracks with modern equipment and efficient and rational operation is an absolute necessity. We are thus marking an important additional step towards a modern army,” Luxembourg defence minister Étienne Schneider said.
According to the government, most of the 34 existing barracks were constructed in the 1950s. The buildings are expected to be updated to include better heat recovery features and ventilation to halve energy consumption.
The site to be modernised spans 83,000 square metres, of which 16,500 is new construction. Over the past four years, some €67m has been invested in site infrastructure, notably the logistics hall which opened in 2015.