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Balfour Beatty/Kier wins £121m MoD college

A Kier Balfour Beatty joint venture has been awarded a £121m two-year deal to begin work on a new defence college.

The Hercules 50:50 joint venture was awarded the deal by the Ministry of Defence for the first stage of work on a new defence college of technical training at RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire. 

The refurbished college will provide training facilities in one location for all three armed forces for the first time in the UK. The development will provide new single living accommodation for trainees, purpose-built teaching facilities, a large outdoor training area and a public museum for the army’s corps of royal electrical and mechanical engineers. 

Much of the redevelopment will consist of the upgrade and refurbishment of existing buildings. The JV will refurbish approximately 73,000 sq m of existing building stock and construct 56,000 sq m of new build.

This will comprise detailed design and construction including demolition, the construction of new buildings, refurbishment of existing buildings and landscaping.

The new build will include but is not limited to classroom and training spaces, single living accommodation, enior non commissioned officer and junior ranks mess and the gymnasium.

The first phase of the development is scheduled to start early next year, and will be completed by the autumn of 2015 when the first staff and students will arrive at the college.  The construction of the new college will create around 900 construction jobs at its peak.

Kier chief executive Paul Sheffield said: “We are delighted to be working on this exciting project to provide state-of-the-art facilities for the MOD. The contract will bring together Kier and Balfour Beatty’s strong construction expertise and create a large number of jobs in the local area.”

Balfour Beatty chief executive, Andrew McNaughton said: “Over the last five years we have completed defence sector contracts totalling approximately £500 million demonstrating our position as a leading provider of defence related infrastructure for our armed services.  We look forward to working with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation and Kier Construction to deliver a great facility for the MOD.”

Works commence on site early 2014 and are due for completion in the autumn of 2015.

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