Taylor Wimpey has been handed a contract to build over 1,000 homes at an army base in the south of England.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) selected the company as the preferred bidder to construct the properties at the Shorncliffe Garrison in Folkestone to be used as the headquarters of 2 (South East) Brigade and a home for the 1st Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles. The Construction Enquirer reports that the Defence Infrastructure Organisation will work together with Shepway District Council and has already prepared plans for the new housing to be built on the site over the next 20 years.
Officials explained that there will be a total of 1,200 houses built at Shorncliffe, as well as the creation of new community sports facility. This will include a new Army Cadet centre allowing young recruits to be trained up and be ready for combat should they be called upon. A large area of public open space will be created and the MoD stated that it would be looking to improve education facilities.
The move will be made possible thanks the to the government department selling the land which will in turn raise the cash needed to modernise the retained military. It is not just Shorncliffe that will benefit from the improvements as nearby Lydd Camp also has been highlighted as part of the rolling programme with over 100 ensuite rooms for single service people already outlined.
Brigadier Simon Wolsey OBE, commander 2 (South East) Brigade, told the news provider: "This project is mutually beneficial in that it will see the disposal of unused land and outmoded buildings in order that purpose built modern accommodation can be provided for our personnel."
This part of the construction process is just one aspect of a major masterplan by the MoD to fully redevelop Shorncliffe Garrison. The plans have been ongoing since 2009 with the department first submitting a consultation document to the council in the June of that year to look to build on the surplus brownfield land.
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