Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to the newest version of your browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of Construction News, please enable cookies in your browser.

Welcome to the Construction News site. As we have relaunched, you will have to sign in once now and agree for us to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Corus wins battle for prefab barracks


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.