Lovell wins £250m UK Defence homes contract

WCN Editorial Team 28 Nov 2017 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has awarded a £250m contract to Lovell to build 917 houses for troops and their families relocating from Germany to Salisbury Plain in South Wiltshire as part of the Army Basing Programme (ABP).

The scheme is part of the ABP which will see nearly 4,000 additional Service personnel and their families relocating to the Salisbury Plain area by 2020.

Under the contract, Lovell, part of the UK construction and regeneration group Morgan Sindall Group, will build the houses at three sites in Bulford, Larkhill and Ludgershall by May 2020, delivering 20 houses a week compared with the industry standard of one or two.

Construction is expected to begin early 2018 after the completion of pre-commencement works, including creation of roads and other infrastructure, which began in 2017.

According to the company, energy performance for the houses will be equivalent to Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

The Salisbury Plain project is expected to generate over £100m for the local economy through investment in the supply chain.

In 2015, Lovell completed 346 houses in a little over a year for returning soldiers and their families moving to Stafford.

ABP programme director Mark Duddy said: “This substantial investment by the MOD will provide modern first-class homes for our Service personnel and their families as they return from Germany in 2019 or relocate within the UK. I look forward to continuing our strong working relationship with our valued contractor Lovell.”

Lovell major projects director John Leary said: “We are extremely proud to be continuing our partnership with the MOD through the award of this major scheme on Salisbury Plain and look forward to starting construction of these new homes for Service personnel and their families.”

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