Construction has started on a circa £70m housing development for army families at Tidworth in Wiltshire.
Working on behalf of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), award winning housebuilder Hill will construct 322 new 3 and 4 bedroom homes for service personnel and their families based at barracks on and around Salisbury Plain.
The homes have been designed to complement existing properties in the area, incorporating red bricks and traditional roof styles that feature in surrounding villages. The development will also include 5 open green spaces.
The MOD has made significant investment in Tidworth in recent years. In partnership with Wiltshire Council, it has provided sporting and other facilities to the local area. This includes the Tidworth Leisure Centre and Library which are open to the whole community.
These homes are in addition to the circa £1bn MOD will be investing in infrastructure in the area as part of the Army Basing Programme. To accommodate the 4,000 extra service personnel and their families relocating to Salisbury Plain by 2019, MOD will provide a further 1,017 new service family homes, about 2,500 bed spaces for single soldiers and nearly 250 other buildings such as offices, garages, workshops and mess facilities.
The developments are expected to provide an economic boost to the local economy while providing quality facilities for our armed forces to enable military capability.
Neal Walters, DIO Project Manager, said:
“This major housing project is one example of how we’re investing in quality accommodation for our armed forces and their families. This development also complements our wider plans for the area which will support the return of British troops from Germany in 2019.”