£250m homebuilding programme reaches major milestone

Lovell has started to install the timber frames of the first homes to be built for service families relocating from Germany to south Wiltshire.

The £250m fast-track housebuilding project is part of the Army Basing Programme (ABP) and will create 917 homes in Bulford, Larkhill and Ludgershall.

The project is working at a handover rate of 20 homes a week, higher than the industry average.

Lieutenant General Nick Pope, deputy chief of the general staff (pictured above, right), and John Leary, major projects director at Lovell (centre), unveiled a commemorative plaque at the Bulford site, where the housebuilder is building 225 new homes.

The Salisbury Plain homes are being built using a traditional, timber frame solution with Lovell working collaboratively with the DIO and a team of specially selected subcontractors and suppliers to meet the project’s demanding schedule.

Lovell believes the programme will achieve faster construction times than any other UK low-rise homes scheme, with the exception of the previous project delivered by the company for the Ministry of Defence at Stafford, when it completed 346 homes in just over a year for returning soldiers and their families.

Mark Duddy, ABP programme director (left), added: “I am really impressed with the speed of delivery and the amount of progress that has been made since the contract was signed in November; we remain firmly on track to deliver the required new homes to enable the units to return from Germany in 2019.

“This project is an excellent example of how we are updating the estate by providing first-class living accommodation for our service personnel.”

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