Lendlease wins £450m UK Defence contracts


Lendlease has been awarded contracts for the delivery of UK Defence estate improvements.

Credit: Lendlease

The improvements are aimed at enhancing quality of life for Army personnel and will include a mostly new-build construction of working, living and training facilities on site at the Imjin Barracks near Gloucester as well as two other projects across the Midlands and Wales.

The contracts, valued at an estimated £450 million, have been procured under the Defence Estate Optimisation (DEO) Army Programme by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO).

Works include:

  • Imjin Barracks – new garaging and workshops, additional administration buildings and improved gym facilities.
  • St David’s Barracks, Bicester – extension to existing mess blocks, enhancement to existing road infrastructure and a new build sports hall and gym facilities.
  • Beacon Barracks – new build single-living accommodation, new build and refurbishment of existing administration buildings, refurbishment of workshop facilities and a new multi-use games area.

The contracts come amid the announcement that Lendlease Group plans to withdraw from the UK as part of a major restructure, following several years of seeing its stock price tumble.

Lendlease could offload its UK construction business within 18 months, as plans to sell off its US operation are already well advanced, impacting around 1,400 jobs

Major General Richard Clements CBE, director of army basing and infrastructure, said: “We are making substantial investment in new accommodation and facilities to improve the quality of life for our people and deliver better environments in which to live, work and train. 

“These major infrastructure projects will make a significant and enduring contribution to supporting military capability, modernising the Army estate and making it more sustainable, whilst delivering value for money for Defence.”

David Cadiot, Lendlease’s executive general manager for construction in the UK regions, said: “We strive to provide economic, social and environmental benefits to the communities where we work and these facilities stand to create an outstanding environment for our armed forces to train, work and live in.”

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