Another huge boost for Army housing on Salisbury Plain

Another huge boost for Army housing on Salisbury Plain

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 6:08am 27th November 2017.

Defence Secretary announces 'significant' investment to 'fast-track' even more new homes for Service personnel and their families.

The Government Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, has announced £1/4 billion towards building more new homes for Service personnel and their families on Salisbury Plain.

This 'significant investment' will see almost 1,000 new homes built in three locations across Salisbury Plain, by May 2020.

Working at a rate of 20 homes a week, the complex, high-volume fast-track project will be British construction company Lovell's largest-ever contracting scheme. The new homes will offer modern three and four bedroom accommodation, as well as a number of bungalows and adapted homes for families with specific needs, such as wheelchair access.

WHERE WILL THE HOUSES BE?

The 3 locations for the new housing are:-

  • Bulford
  • Larkhill
  • Ludgershall

WHEN WILL THE HOUSES BE READY?

  • Work on the total 917 new homes, which are being built under the Army Basing Programme (ABP), is expected to be completed in May 2020.
  • The new homes will support Service personnel and their families relocating from Germany in 2019 and also units moving within the UK.
  • Main construction will start in early 2018 after Lovell completes initial works, including the creation of new roads / infrastructure (which began in spring 2017).

According to the MOD, returning troops can expect modern accommodation, as well as access to catering, retail and leisure facilities. The scheme forms part of the large-scale ABP which will see approximately 4,000 additional Service personnel and their families relocating to Salisbury Plain over the next 3 years.

Site for new Army homes being built at Larkhill, including the new St Michaels primary school

Army homes being built at Larkhill, including the new St Michaels primary school

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson told Spire FM:

"This considerable investment in nearly 1,000 new homes is a reflection of our commitment to supporting Armed Forces families. Service families make an immense contribution to our country and I'm delighted to announce this £250 million funding for new homes to welcome our troops relocating from Germany."

This announcement comes alongside a further £90 million in road and utility improvements in support of the three developments. £1.1 billion has already pledged to the Salisbury Plain area for living and working accommodation 'behind the wire' including 2,500 bed spaces for single soldiers and the construction, conversion or refurbishment of nearly 250 other buildings such as offices, garages, workshops and mess facilities.

The Army is also working closely with Wiltshire Council to ensure that the soldiers and their families have access to all of the services they need, including education and health facilities. Wiltshire Council is spending over £20 million of the MOD's contribution towards local community services in support of education provision across all age ranges.

Site for new homes being built at Ludgershall

Site for new homes being built at Ludgershall

Lovell major projects Director John Leary has said:

"We are extremely proud to be continuing our partnership with the MOD through the award of this major scheme on Salisbury Plain and look forward to starting construction of these new homes for Service personnel and their families. Our team bring to the scheme considerable expertise in careful planning and management of logistics which are essential to achieving the pace of delivery required, with the focus throughout on constructing homes safely and to the very highest standards."

JOB CREATION:

Lovell has already held a number of 'Meet the Buyer' days in the area so local contractors and suppliers can explore opportunities to work on the project. It's estimated up to 700 construction workers will be on site at the peak of the development, creating a significant number of local jobs for Wiltshire and Hampshire.

Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood added by saying:

"Investing not only in new homes but in all the things that help to make a place feel like home, such as education, infrastructure and leisure facilities will make a big difference for those returning to the UK after being posted abroad. This boost to the area will provide a close-knit community for Armed Forces and their families for years to come."

The Army Basing Programme has also recently completed building and refurbishment of accommodation at a number of other sites across the country in support of Troops relocating from Germany and within the UK. The ABP has also invested in new facilities in Kinloss, Leuchars, Catterick, South Cerney, and North Luffenham, and significant refurbishments have taken place at a number of other MOD sites including York, Aldershot and Thorney Island.

READ MORE:

It's been almost 12 months since the Government announced a £1.1 billion investment in the housing and facilities scheme for Aldershot and Salisbury Plain. You can read more about that here: www.spirefm.co.uk/news

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