The Ministry of Defence has awarded a house builder a £250m contract to build 900 homes for soldiers and their families.
The contract is part of a plan to relocate troops from Germany to Salisbury Plain, in South Wiltshire. The contract comes after Lovell’s completion of 346 homes in 2015 for returning soldiers.
Military units are currently based around Germany but will return home for the final phase of the Army Basing Programme (ABP), a major £1.8bn government programme for rebasing the UK’s army, which includes bringing all units back from Germany by 2020.
Mark Duddy, programme director at the ABP, said: “This signifies a major milestone in the delivery of the Army Basing Programme. 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.”
More than 900 homes are expected to be built by May 2020, delivering 20 homes a week compared with the industry standard of one or two.
This will be Lovell’s largest-ever contracting scheme and 917 homes will be built across three sites in Bulford, Larkhill and Ludgershall.
John Leary, major projects director at Lovell, said: “Our team bring to the scheme considerable expertise in careful planning and management of logistics, which are essential to achieving the pace of delivery required, with the focus throughout on constructing homes safely and to the very highest standards”.