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Military housing deal attracts interest from 90 firms

Almost 100 firms have expressed an interest in the £1.5 billion contract to maintain the UK’s military housing.

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation held an industry event attended by about 90 businesses interested in managing the UK’s 49,000 military homes through the new national housing prime contract.

The event at RAF Wyton in Cambridgeshire attracted potential prime contractors, as well as smaller and local businesses with an interest in supply chain opportunities.

Air Commodore Alan Opie said: “Providing good quality housing is key to maintaining our Armed Forces’ operational capability. It is vital that the DIO identifies the right industry partner to support our aspiration to deliver the best possible service for Service personnel and their families.”

The housing contract will be awarded in late 2012, and will run from April 2013 for five years initially, with the option to extend it by a further five years.

Construction News reported in April that the Ministry of Defence’s next generation of construction contracts had attracted a flood of interest from the industry.

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