Laing O’Rourke lands Army training centre job

Laing O’Rourke will use modern methods of construction to create a training hub for the Army in Surrey.

The contractor will deliver facilities for a non-infantry centre of excellence at Alexander Barracks in Pirbright.

Laing O’Rourke is one of seven firms on the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Strategic Alliance framework, and its latest deal forms part of an estate-consolidation programme.

New facilities at Alexander Barracks will include single-living accommodation; an officer and senior non-commissioned officer mess; a combined training centre and headquarters; an improved medical and dental facility; a reception, guardhouse and tailors; and an army leadership studies centre. A nursery will be built outside the Barracks to benefit service families and the local community.

Laing O’Rourke director of UK building Martin Staehr said: “We are delighted to have secured this work from the MoD and are proud to deliver a modern army barracks that will improve the facilities available to those who keep our country secure.

“The strategic alliance approach represents best practice in terms of public sector procurement. It is highly efficient and enables vital collaboration on elements that are critical for successful delivery, such as standardisation of design.

“This means we can fully deploy our manufacturing-led operating model and use modern methods of construction to improve programme, quality, sustainability outcomes and worker safety.”

Major-general Richard Clements, director of army basing infrastructure, added: “The significant investment that has been announced at Alexander Barracks Pirbright will deliver critical infrastructure to support the British Army’s future capability and operational requirements.

“In addition, the project will enhance quality of life for soldiers embarking on their army career, ensuring they have access to modern, high-quality facilities to support them throughout their initial training.”

Work will get underway this month and be completed in phases.

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