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Lovell breaks ground on MOD Army Basing Programme (ABP) on Salisbury Plain

Industry standard for developers is to produce 1 to 4 houses per week. Our Major Projects team on Salisbury Plain is on target to produce over 20 houses per week! Literally a ground-breaking task and we are on target to achieve it.

Lovell has solid experience of time critical delivery of high quality accommodation for our troops, as proven by the highly successful project at Beacon Barracks, Staffordshire. In September 2015, after little more than a year, Lovell had constructed 346 new homes for troops from 16 Signal Regiment and 1 Armoured Division Signal Regiment, who were relocated from Germany.

Due to this extensive proven experience of working successfully in partnership with the DIO and MOD, creating high-quality, modern homes and community infrastructure for service personnel and families, on November 22nd, 2017 Lovell was awarded the ABP contract to deliver 917 houses for Service families on the Salisbury Plain by May 2020. Since November, our Wiltshire based teams in Ludgershall, Bulford and Larkhill have begun the extraordinary task of constructing the Service Family Homes to this unprecedented and demanding programme.

Due to the time critical nature of the project there is no margin for error and to ensure we meet the client’s time frame, criteria and key objectives, we are working collaboratively with the DIO and a team of specially selected sub-contractors and suppliers. Lovell understand that the subcontractors and suppliers we work with are crucial to our ability to provide excellent products and services that enable us to meet our client’s expectations. Within this project it is ever more critical that we have strong working relationships that allow our timelines to be met correctly and consistently.

Pictured right major projects director, John Leary, insists that the project must “assemble a supply chain that exhibits more than just prowess in Salisbury.

Major projects director, John Leary, insists that the project must “assemble a supply chain that exhibits more than just prowess in their particular trade or speciality but also a shared mind set, one of absolute commitment to this project and the genuine belief in partnership and mutual support.”

Another key factor in the success of the project has been the building of highly competent and driven site teams that will push the project forward, safely and successfully. Each site is working on a dedicated single build route, using a timber frame solution to reduce the on-site erection period and allow each site to progress within the time frames given. While all the sites have also worked hard to accommodate the wealth of wildlife, ecological and historical issues specific to this area, the push towards housebuilding has progressed at a pace and first foundations have already been laid at Bulford and Ludgershall, with Larkhill following closely behind.

Follow our progress on Twitter @Lovell_SP to see how we will bring the vision for May 2020 to a reality.