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Corus wins battle for prefab barracks

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CORUS has won a deal to pre-fabricate a prototype barracks for the Ministry of Defence's £4 billion PFI Allenby/Connaught scheme to upgrade army garrisons at Aldershot and Salisbury Plain for 18,000 personnel.

The Mowlem/KBR consortium Aspire Defence has commissioned the steel giant to develop a 51-unit barracks, which will house 36 squaddies at Perham Down in Wiltshire.

Each soldier will have a bedroom and an en-suite bathroom with fitted carpet and heating.The barracks will also have a communal block.

Corus was the only company asked to produce a prototype for the consortium. If it lands the multimillion pound, eight-year deal, it will produce 145 similar barrack blocks comprising almost 11,000 separate units.

Corus'prefab subsidiary Living Solutions will produce the barracks at its new £4 million production line at Shotton Works near Chester in North Wales. Steelworkers are being retrained to cope with the expected demand.

Corus divisional director Scott MacDonald said: 'We are looking to make a step change in the volume of modular housing available in the UK market.'

Shotton Works can produce 3,000 housing units a year.