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Work Environment

The RSME is steeped in military engineering history and makes for a very interesting and unusual place to work. Working alongside the military brings a great sense of belonging as well as an insight into and greater understanding of the military ethos.

At both Chatham and Minley Holdfast staff has access to a range of RSME facilities. These include catering outlets that provide a variety of meals and the retail outlets . The well-equipped gymnasiums at Chatham and at Minley are also available for use by Holdfast staff as is the swimming pool at Minley.

Local amenities at Chatham are ample, with leisure centres, shopping centres including Bluewater, a 5* shopping experience, cinemas and supermarkets all within minutes of the Garrison. Banks, estate agents, solicitors, opticians, launderettes, dry cleaners, pubs, restaurants, vets, florists, travel agents and electrical goods suppliers are also all close by. From just outside Brompton Barracks there is a regular bus services linking to the surrounding area as well as railways stations close by at Gillingham and Chatham with direct links into London.

At Minley, there are similar local amenities with family attractions, leisure centres, shopping centres, cinemas, theatres, sporting venues and supermarkets all within easy access at Camberley, Farnborough and Fleet. Larger towns such as Basingstoke and Reading all have a wide ranging choice of shopping centres and leisure facilities and are easily accessed by road and rail. Additionally there are a wide variety of restaurants and takeaways to choose from in the area and many of the local pubs serve food. Minley is also well served with railways stations close by providing good direct links into London and Heathrow & Gatwick airports.