Algeco secures £31m MOD accommodation contracts

Algeco secures £31m MOD accommodation contracts

Algeco was formerly known as Elliott

Algeco, the European modular building solutions brand formerly best known as Elliott in the UK, has secured two major MOD contracts with a combined value of £31 million for supply of high quality modular accommodation.

The £21m Kinloss Barracks in Forres, comprises a 112-bedroom Single Living Accommodation (SLA) for Soldiers. There are two SLA blocks to be delivered in 47 weeks using the Algeco modular permanent building system, with work beginning on site in December. This is followed by the demolition of the existing buildings. All works on site will be completed in an overall period of 65 weeks.

Beacon Barracks Stafford is a £10m contract for the supply of a 60-bedroom Single Living Accommodation for Soldiers. Work begins on site in September and will be completed again on a 46-week schedule, including the demolition of existing buildings.

Algeco will act as principal contractor on both projects, providing a full turnkey solution including demolition of existing buildings. The modules for the Stafford Barracks project will be manufactured in the company’s factory at Carnaby in East Yorkshire, and the modules for the Kinloss Barracks project will be manufactured at the factory in Inverurie, with all modules being delivered to site with a Pre-Manufactured Value (PMV) of around 80%.

MOD Kinloss Barracks and MOD Stafford are being designed by AHR Architects, supporting OSS on the construction stage architectural design through from both their Leeds and Glasgow offices. Both projects have new three-storey buildings that will provide high quality accommodation with integral communal areas. They feature a brick slip façade and sustainable features including solar PV and heat pumps.

The completed buildings are aiming to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating, meaning they are in the top 10% of UK new non-domestic buildings in terms of best practice.

Working with the architects, Algeco has incorporated innovative features into the design, such as solar PV orientation to maximise the amount of electricity produced and optimising the number of overall modules required.

Algeco secures £31m MOD accommodation contracts

Algeco was selected as the modular building partner by the MOD because of its track record in supplying high quality accommodation on a diverse range of other publicly funded projects, along with its willingness to collaborate with project partners and deliver excellent value for money.

Robert Vining, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation’s deputy head of major programmes and projects (Army), said: “The new Single Living Accommodation at Stafford and Kinloss will provide high-quality, efficient, purpose-built facilities for our military personnel. I am looking forward to working with Algeco to deliver the first of these fantastic buildings, which will make a real difference to our military colleagues’ lives.”

Major General Richard Clements CBE, director basing and infrastructure, said: The contracts with Algeco mark the beginning of the Single Living Accommodation (SLA) Programme, part of the Army’s £800M investment in SLA over the next 10 years.

“We are investing in modern infrastructure to provide our people with the facilities they deserve and the new blocks at Kinloss and Stafford will be at the forefront - delivering high quality, fit-for-purpose accommodation; they will also be the first new builds with full kitchen diners and true communal space. In addition, the integrated sustainable and renewable energy initiatives demonstrate the Army’s ambition to be Carbon Net Zero by 2050.”

James Withey, managing director at Algeco, said: “Our modular solution will create a modern, efficient and fit-for-purpose accommodation facility for the MOD. We are confident that we will meet the high sustainability targets and complete the work with minimal disruption to the ongoing operation of the bases. Our modular offsite solution provides maximum benefit by minimising works required on site.”

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