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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Life in the Army

I get to travel to amazing places! Sapper Dodd - 535 STRE

Life in the Army

As a Sapper, you will join a Specialist Team and work closely with a very skilled team utilising your trade.

You will complete your class one trade course and return as a Subject Matter Expert in your field. You will be given more responsibility and be expected to organise a small team and projects of your own.

You will have valued knowledge and experience, so you will consult on many important decisions to complete projects to the highest standards.

As a Sapper, you will gain valuable trade experience, with the opportunity to work alongside civilian companies, as well as the three Defence services.

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. 2012

    The Group send personnel to assist with security Operations for the Olympics.

  4. 2014

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

  5. 2017

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

  6. 2019

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


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