The British Army's Military Engineers

63 Works Group

A specialist Infrastructure Support Unit

We provide infrastructure consultancy, engineering design, programme and project management, contract management and facilities management in support of Defence in the UK and on operations world wide.

Facts & Figures


Active From

August 1999



Infrastructure Support



Design Engineering

Our Skills

We employ military draughtsmen, surveyors and Clerk of Works in a variety of roles including design, project and facilities management. Officers have roles as chartered engineers providing project, contract and facilities management.

We are:

  • Motivated
  • Intelligent
  • Highly skilled
  • Professional Engineers
  • Adaptable and used to working in small teams
  • Problem solvers


Current Deployments

  • Operation TORAL
  • Operation KIPION
  • Operation SHADER

The PERSONNEL are currently in the Middle East providing enduring Infrastructure Support.

Previous Deployments

Afghanistan - Operation HERRICK
Iraq - Operation TELIC

Oue People

You will be given the opportunities to promote quickly and become a junior commander.

Once sufficient development and experience is gained, you can apply for a two-year course to become a professionally qualified engineer.

Our Location

63 Works Group is one of four technical groups that operate from Chetwynd Barracks. Within 63 Works Group, there are four Regular Specialist Teams (STRE) and one Reserve team.

Chilwell Station
Chetwynd Barracks
0115 957 2211

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I've had the opportunity to conduct adventurous training both home and abroad Sapper Hunt

Life in the Army

As a Sapper you will complete your combat engineering course at Gibraltar Barracks covering subjects such as demolitions, force protection and watermanship. Upon completion you will move on to your trade training at the Royal School of Military Engineering before joining a specialist team of Royal Engineers. Here you will deploy across the world supporting the design and delivery of new infrastructure throughout the defence estate.

I have had the opportunity to conduct adventurous training both home and abroad, with highlights being skiing in the French Alps and mountain biking in the Lake District.

There are also opportunities to do specialist qualifications whilst you are at your unit such as becoming an Army diver or Physical Training Instructor, as well as work placements with civilian employers in order to further develop your trade skills.

63 Works Group Timeline

In August 1999, 63 Commander Royal Engineers (Works) was formed at Chetwynd Barracks under the Command of Lt Col Cobbald RE. It consisted of two STREs and a Headquarters. In Dec 2003, the unit was renamed to 63 Works Group RE under Lt Col Wakeman RE.

  1. 2002

    522 STRE deploy to Sierra Leone and 518 STRE to Afghanistan.

  2. 2006

    518 STRE are deployed to Iraq and 522 STRE to Afghanistan.

  3. 2014

    517 STRE lead on Project ANEMOI, a £14m design and construction project on the Falkland Islands.

  4. 2017

    527 STRE deploy to the Caribbean to assist in disaster relief after Hurricane Irma and Maria.

  5. 2020

    We support 4 different formations, at graduated states of readiness, stood by to support any operation, anywhere in the world.

  6. 2021

    Teams rotate through 6 months tours of the Middle East providing Infrastructure Support.


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