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DIO seeks housing contractor for £65m Beacon Barracks scheme

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation is seeking a contractor to build 360 new homes in a £65 million deal adjacent to a £130m barracks upgrade in Stafford.

Expressions of interest are being sought for the homes for service families to be built as part of Project BORONA at Beacon Barracks in Stafford.

Carillion Construction, Kier Regional, Lend Lease Construction and Skanska were shortlisted to redevelop the barracks in December 2011, however CN understands that a final investment decision on the scheme will not be made until the summer of 2013.

The £130m redevelopment includes construction work for military buildings and installations as well as demolition, refurbishment, infrastructure and landscaping works.

It is separate from the new housing contract, valued at between £55m and £65m, which will go out under OJEU shortly.

Although the new homes will occupy adjacent land to the main site redevelopment, the work is a separate development and will run in parallel.

DIO principal project manager, Stuart Gallacher said: “This housing project is a significant development needed to deliver Service Family Accommodation in support of Project BORONA’s development of Beacon Barracks.

“The development will not only welcome home the soldiers from Germany, but will allow for a more coherent basing arrangement for the Army and, at the same time, make better use of the MOD estate in the UK delivering a high quality sustainable development.

“This project will be delivered alongside its sister project under separate commercial strategy in rationalising Stafford barracks.”

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