MoD Afghanistan Village

Theming and Scenic

Our shopping list was….3,500 Pashto labelled cans, 1,200 sacks of grain, 50 tin chests, 1,500 Pashto labelled bottles, 4 carcasses of beef, 50 sandals made from car tyres, bicycles, water pumps, market stalls, water containers, lanterns, bundles of clothes, cooking pots, artificial fruit and vegetables, scales.

At the Stanford training area near Thetford in Norfolk we helped to create complete replica of an Afghan village. The £14m mock war zone recreates the sights, sounds and smells that British troops will encounter on patrols against the Taliban. Its 12 acres contain a maze of alleyways, dusty streets, compounds and bustling markets selling Afghan goods. The call to prayer at the mosque is heard across the village.

Afghans act out the roles of villagers and insurgents. Lieutenant Colonel Simon Lloyd said “I’ve served in the Middle East and the likeness is uncanny. We have replicated everything but the heat!” The village will prepare 11,000 troops each year for service in Afghanistan. The village at Stanford began life as a German village in 1942 and has since been a village in Northern Ireland, and in Bosnia. 

Our client: The Ministry of Defence

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STAFF FOCUS: Tim DeCoste, Interactives Workshop Manager

Q: Name?
A: Tim DeCoste but they call me moose now there’s four Tims.

Q: What and where did you study?
A: Seaquam secondary school in my motherland of Canada. University didn’t seem challenging enough so I went to major in waterparks abroad.

Q: How long have you worked at Paragon Creative?
A: 3 years this month.

Q: What development / training have you undertaken since joining the team?
A: IOSH managing safely and the ever-important manual handling and fire warden training. And of course the sage mentoring of Jon Myers (Operations Director) and Chris Nuttall (Technical Director).

Q: Favourite Project to work on and why?
A: Dig It Dubai Springs. It was an achievable project that has resulted in a great success which is always a boost knowing the work our department put in to it, I’m sure others did OK as well. I also got to be involved in the installation, something I don’t often get to be a part of, luckily I still have my old work boots so I almost blended in seamlessly if not for my eloquent speaking and perfect hair.

Q: What do you like about working at Paragon?
A: Everyday poses a new challenge. It’s also close to home so that’s nice.

Q: Dream project to work on?
A: If we could do something ice hockey or maple syrup based I’d be very much in my comfort zone.

Q: What does your department do?
A: Builds big toys!
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Moose!!

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Go moose eh 🤙

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No dad !!! Don’t make me wear it !!

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Moose? You'll always be Diego to me

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