Lend Lease has been awarded a deal worth around £100m to redevelop the Ministry of Defence’s Beacon Barracks in Stafford.
The contract involves the construction of 25 new buildings and the refurbishment of eight existing buildings. The exact value of the deal has not been revealed, but is less than the £130m indicative value previously set out by the MoD.
Carillion Construction, Kier Regional, Lend Lease Construction and Skanska had all been shortlisted for the scheme almost two years ago.
The contract will deliver buildings to rehouse signal regiments from their current bases in Germany to the barracks and is a step towards establishing Stafford as one of seven major hubs for the British Army.
New and refurbished facilities will include workshops; a combined mess; single living accommodation for personnel; offices; garages; catering; retail and leisure facilities; and a medical and dental centre.
Beacon Barracks Housing
Lend Lease is also one of five firms in the chase for a deal worth up to £65m to build up to 359 new homes for service families at the Staffordshire barracks.
The Defence Infrastructure Organisation invited five firms to tender the deal in June:
- Lend Lease Construction (EMEA)
- Lovell Partnerships
- Mansell Construction Services
- Seddon Construction
- Thomas Vale Construction
The deal will be worth between £55m and £65m and is for the construction of the houses as well as landscaping and utilities services supplies.
The Beacon Barracks redevelopment contract award follows a procurement process run by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, which is responsible for managing land and property on behalf of the MoD.
Among Lend Lease’s long-term projects with the MoD is Project SLAM, under which it has worked on schemes worth more than £1bn in joint venture with Babcock since 2003.
The current phase of the programme will see 16 Signal Regiment and 1 Armoured Division Signal Regiment move to Beacon Barracks in the summer of 2015, allowing for the full closure of Rhine Garrison by the following March.
The move is part of the MoD’s commitment to bringing troops back from Germany and precedes the Regular Army Basing Plan, which will lead to the return of around 15,000 service personnel to the UK from Germany by 2020.
Work at Beacon Barracks is expected to start immediately and the barracks will remain home to 22 Signal Regiment and the Tactical Supply Wing (RAF) while it is taking place.