Developer signs £51m contract to build hundreds of MoD homes for returning soldiers
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development
Developer Lovell has signed a £51 million contract with the Ministry of Defence to construct hundreds of new properties in Stafford.
The 346 new homes will be used by soldiers and their families returning from Germany.
The deal follows October 2013's announcement of a £100m contract to carry out a major redevelopment of Beacon Barracks in Stafford.
The homes should be complete by summer 2015 when troops from 16 Signal Regiment and 1 Armoured Division Signal Regiment will move to Beacon Barracks allowing for the closure of Rhine Garrison in Germany.
Defence Minister Andrew Murrison said: “This significant investment in Stafford further demonstrates that we are determined to provide the best possible accommodation for our soldiers and their families. Bringing troops back from Germany will save more than £350 million a year in running costs, make best use of the Defence estate and provide a boost to the UK economy.”
The contract was awarded to Lovell Partnerships Ltd by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, which manages and maintains land and property for the MOD.
It is in addition to the £1.8 billion announced last March by the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond for the Army Rebasing Plan, which will see 15,000 personnel return to the UK from Germany by 2020, £20m of which will be spent in the West Midlands.
Under the Basing Plan, Stafford will become one of seven major Army concentrations along with Salisbury Plain, Edinburgh and Leuchars in Scotland, Catterick in North Yorkshire, Aldershot, Colchester and the East Midlands.
David Gough, regional director for Lovell, said: “This is a landmark project win for Lovell, and we are looking forward to working on such a prestigious scheme with the DIO. The tendering process was extremely rigorous but I believe it allowed us to demonstrate the uncompromisingly high standards we always demand of ourselves. We are looking forward to getting started in the Spring on providing these outstanding new homes for our Armed Forces personnel and their families.”