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Huge defence medical project up for grabs

Rival contractors have been brought to attention after Carillion was given the go-ahead to build the first phase of a £200 million home for armed forces medics in the West Midlands.

The Ministry of Defence today (16 July) approved funding for the Midlands Medical Accommodation project to build accommodation, training facilities and offices at Whittington Barracks in Lichfield.

The scheme will be carried out in three phases, the first of which will be to build a £15 million headquarters on the site by 2010.

This work will be carried out by Carillion/Enterprise under its regional prime contract deal.

But the rump of the £200 million will be spent on the second phase to build training and mess facilities on the site.

An MoD spokesman said that he expected the job to be advertised imminently to keep the job on target for completion by 2012.

A third phase will see 811 bedrooms built by Bovis Lend Lease/Babcock's SLAM single living accommodation consortium.

Full planning permission has already been granted for the scheme with Carillion/Enterprise expected to sign its first phase deal in the autumn.