The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded an accommodation and facilities contract to Aspire Defence to address the needs of the country’s armed forces.

The 25-year contract, which has been awarded as part of Project Allenby Connaught (PAC) initiative, is expected to create 200 jobs in South West England.

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “Our armed forces deserve facilities and housing that match the need of this generation.

“With our defence budget secure and rising to 2020 will can now properly invest in: our soldiers, their families and communities.”

Aspire Defence’s contract will create new ‘single living accommodation’ in Salisbury Plain and Aldershot, with more than 2,600 bed spaces.

"With our defence budget secure and rising to 2020 will can now properly invest in our soldiers, their families and communities."

The company will also provide new technical, office, catering, retail and leisure facilities to make sure that soldiers work and live in a good environment.

The new infrastructure is set to support soldiers returning from Germany under the Army Basing Programme set up to deliver Army 2020 as part of the government’s 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) commitments.

Aspire Defence hopes to complete construction of the accommodation facilities by 2020.

Aspire Defence chief executive Allan Thomson said: “Aspire Defence is extremely proud of our successful record delivering first-rate living and working accommodation for soldiers.

“We are delighted to be embarking on this next phase of development, expanding our provision of high-quality purpose-built accommodation and a best-in-class total facilities management service at garrisons across Salisbury Plain and at Aldershot.”

Image: The British Army’s 3rd (UK) Division on Salisbury Plain Training Area. Photo: UK Government.