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MoD shelves £150m barracks redevelopment

The Ministry of Defence has shelved the redevelopment project at its Beacon Barracks in Stafford despite the £150 million main contract already being in procurement.

An MoD spokesman told Construction News that the Army’s BORONA programme - part of which will see 7 and 16 Signal Regiments relocated from Germany to the Stafford barracks - had been delayed and as a result Defence Estates had deferred procurement of the contract.

He said: “It has been necessary to delay this proposed move by two years. Planning permission has been approved and will be valid for five years. A new competition [for the contract] is expected to commence at the end of this calendar year.”

Several contractors, who have been informed of the cancellation, submitted pre-qualification questionnaires for the four year job last October and a shortlist was expected to be drawn up at the end of July.

The contract covered demolition, design and construction of new buildings, and refurbishment of existing buildings as well as infrastructure works and landscaping.

The job was due to start on site in December 2010.