Multinational construction firm Skanska has been awarded a 259-million-pound ($325.8-million) contract to build a military vehicle base for the British Army.
In collaboration with technical services provider MACE, the Sweden-based firm will provide “modern, sustainable, and effective” storage and maintenance solutions for the country’s ground equipment fleet.
Clearing operations on the selected site are scheduled to begin in September.
Apart from building new infrastructure, the company will evaluate if there is a need to update existing buildings on the site.
Once cleared, Skanska will begin constructing the Controlled Humidity Environment storage to house 4,100 military vehicles.
Skanska will redevelop a British Army vehicle storage and maintenance facility based in the West of England, UK. The work will modernise the facilities to create a sustainable and safe way of maintaining and protecting British Army equipment and vehicle fleet. #skanska #defence
— Skanska (@SkanskaGroup) May 30, 2022
Protecting ‘Vital Assets’
Vehicle Storage Support Programme official Belinda Lunn explained that while most military vehicles are deployed on operations, a “sizeable fleet” is on standby for immediate deployment.
The new base will reportedly serve as a “centralized” facility that can ensure the operational readiness of British Army vehicles.
Skanska Vice President Katy Dowding said the company is “delighted” to support the modernization efforts of the UK military.
She remarked that the construction firm would help protect and maintain the vital assets of the British Army.
“We’re also proud to continue to help drive greener solutions as part of this complex project and plan to make significant use of modern methods of construction to drive down carbon emissions,” Skanska official Steve Holbrook added.