Construction has started on a around £70 million housing development for Army families at Tidworth in Wiltshire.
Working on behalf of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), award-winning housebuilder Hill will construct 322 new three and four bedroom homes for Service personnel and their families based at barracks on and around Salisbury Plain.
The homes have been designed to complement existing properties in the area, incorporating red bricks and traditional roof styles that feature in surrounding villages. The development will also include five open green spaces.
Neal Walters, DIO Project Manager, said: “This major housing project is one example of how we’re investing in quality accommodation for our armed forces and their families. This development also complements our wider plans for the area which will support the return of British troops from Germany in 2019.”
Kieran Larkin, Deputy Chief Executive at Hill, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the Ministry of Defence in what will be our largest single contract to date. This is not only a completely new sector for us at Hill, but it’s also our first project in Wiltshire, and is a fantastic opportunity to create homes for Service personnel. It is a project that the whole team are very proud to be working on.”
Construction on the homes is due to complete in spring 2018.
The MOD has made significant investment in Tidworth in recent years. In partnership with Wiltshire Council, it has provided sporting and other facilities to the local area. This includes the Tidworth Leisure Centre and Library which are open to the whole community.
These homes are in addition to the circa £1 billion MOD will be investing in infrastructure in the area as part of the Army Basing Programme. To accommodate the 4,000 extra Service personnel plus their families relocating to Salisbury Plain by 2019, MOD will provide a further 1,017 new Service family homes, about 2,500 bed spaces for single soldiers and nearly 250 other buildings such as offices, garages, workshops and mess facilities.
The developments are expected to provide an economic boost to the local economy while providing quality facilities for our armed forces to enable military capability.