A £51MILLION pound contract to build new homes in Stafford for troops coming home from Germany was announced this week by the Ministry of Defence.
The 346 homes for soldiers at Beacon Barracks will establish the town as one of the Army’s seven major concentrations of manpower and should be complete by summer 2015 when troops from 16 Signal Regiment and 1 Armoured Division Signal Regiment move to the town allowing for the closure of the Rhine Garrison the following March.
Making the announcement, Defence Minister Andrew Murrison said: “This significant investment in Stafford further demonstrates that we are determined to provide the best possible accommodation for our soldiers and their families.
“Bringing troops back from Germany will save more than £350 million a year in running costs, make best use of the Defence estate and provide a boost to the UK economy.”
The awarding of the contract to Lovell Partnerships Ltd, follows the announcement of a £100million contract to carry out a major redevelopment of the barracks which is already home to one Signal regiment.
David Gough, regional director for Lovell, said: “This is a landmark project win for Lovell, and we are looking forward to working on such a prestigious scheme with the DIO.
“The tendering process was extremely rigorous but I believe it allowed us to demonstrate the uncompromisingly high standards we always demand of ourselves,” he said. “We are looking forward to getting started in the Spring on providing these outstanding new homes for our Armed Forces personnel and their families.”