UK MoD to invest £200m to improve armed forces’ accommodation

20 July 2020 (Last Updated July 20th, 2020 16:31)

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced £200m ($252m) funding to improve its armed forces’ housing and accommodation.

UK MoD to invest £200m to improve armed forces’ accommodation
UK MoD has invested £200m ($252m) funding to improve its armed forces’ housing and accommodation. Credit: MoD Crown Copyright 2020.

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced £200m ($252m) funding to improve its armed forces’ housing and accommodation.

As part of the investment, over 5,000 personnel and families will receive modernised homes with new kitchens, bathrooms and furnishings.

Houses will also be re-roofed to reduce the risk of mould and damp. Furthermore, 3,500 service homes and single living quarters will be upgraded.

With an aim to have environmentally friendly estates and a reduced carbon footprint, new windows and doors, energy efficient boilers, solar panels, and electric vehicle charging points will be installed.

Families will benefit from new play areas, resurfaced roads and energy efficient street lighting to modernise sites.

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “Our armed forces work incredibly hard to keep our nation safe, and so it is only right that they have a place they feel proud to call home.

“From introducing a generous Forces Help to Buy scheme to piloting a new rented accommodation model, we have made enormous steps in recent years to offer flexible housing for a modern workforce.

“This latest investment will benefit thousands of our personnel and their families, providing the standard of living they deserve.”

Under the renovation plan, 30 WW2 accommodation blocks in Longmoor, Pirbright, Westdown, Knook, Nesscliffe and Castlemartin Camps will be replaced with new accommodation for on-call personnel in Northern Ireland.

The housing improvement work is expected to generate approximately 2,000 jobs including plumbers, electricians, painters and decorators.

Delivered through the existing National Housing Prime contract, work will commence this year and is scheduled to take place over two years.

Over the last four years, the UK MoD has invested £530m ($669m) in improvements to Service Family Accommodation.