900 offsite timber homes start for service personnel

Work on a collaborative project to relocate approximately 4,000 service personnel and their families from Germany to Salisbury Plain in South Wiltshire has begun.

The housebuilding project is part of a £250m contract awarded to Lovell by the Ministry of Defence (MOD). Over 900 homes will be built as part of the project at three sites, Ludgershall, Larkhill, and Bulford by May 2020.

The relocation scheme is part of the MOD’s Army Basing Programme (ADP), with each site set to include six different house types, each with 3-4 bedrooms. Each home is also intended to beat Building Regulations energy performance levels by 25 per cent.

Stewart Milne Timber Systems will be building the timber frame homes offsite, with a reported handover rate of 20 homes per week.

Lovell’s major projects director, John Leary, said:

“Intelligent selection in supply chain assembly is essential in a project of this magnitude. This stands across the trades but is clearly crucial on key packages such as timber frame. The speed of build on the SFA scheme means that timber frame and thus an element of off-site manufacture was a given but the choice of provider is the challenging piece.”

He concluded:

“We are extremely confident in our ability to deliver the timber frames to programme, across each site.”

Construction of the first timber frames for the Ludgershall site will being in June 2018. Construction for the Larkhill site is planned from late summer 2018.