MOD Beacon Barracks, Stafford


Social Housing (Service Families Accommodation)


346 New Homes


Lovell Partnerships Limited


Energy-efficient PVC-u windows and patio doors



Wrekin Windows has supplied and fitted energy efficient PVC-u windows and French doors for 346 homes on the major redevelopment of the MOD Beacon Barracks in Stafford.

This has been a massive and very time-critical project which has been managed very effectively by Lovell Partnerships Limited. The site had to be finished completely by Autumn 2015, to provide new homes for troops returning from Germany. As the troops were due to return in phases, the houses had to be finished to the right quality and completed by a fixed date for each phase to facilitate the ultimate closure of Rhine Garrison by early 2016. As the dates were not movable, this was a major logistical exercise that Lovell has managed successfully and that Wrekin Windows has been pleased to play a part in, helping deliver each phase of the project on time.

When Lovell Partnerships were awarded the contract, the site was completely derelict. Since full planning permission was obtained in May 2014, the site was prepared for building to commence later that year, and has been totally transformed. The first homes were occupied on schedule in May 2015 with the final homes handed over at the end of September 2015. The houses have been built to be ‘Lifetime Homes’ compliant, have achieved ‘Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4’ and have been awarded ‘Secure by Design’ status.

The secret of the success in finishing a major development providing such a variety of quality homes on time has been in the project planning and collaborative working. Lovell’s contract with the MOD Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) to design, build and deliver 346 Service family homes to an unprecedented and demanding programme (averaging 15nr handovers per week) involved working collaboratively with the DIO and a team of contractors and suppliers to meet the DIO’s key objectives.

John Leary, Lovell Project Director, emphasises the importance of their flexible and proactive approach. “We have engaged with trusted and experienced subcontractors and suppliers and created an outstanding and determined project team, with unstinting support from DIO, MOD and the Army. The build itself incorporated modern methods, including the use of timber frames and was delivered to a high standard, safely, on time and to budget.”

Importance was placed on working with the community to ensure minimum disruption and maximum communication about the development and a resident liaison officer was always available to ensure that service families had no issues moving into their new homes at a difficult time for them. It was recognised that this was not only a building project but also about ensuring that returning troops were able to move smoothly in to homes that were comfortable and ready for them. Adding value both in this way and in the quality of finished product was essential to the project.

Wrekin was able to add value and expertise to the project by delivering high quality products on time, to meet the challenging deadlines. As around a quarter of the heat lost from a home occurs through the windows, fitting energy-efficient windows can help make a real difference to the comfort of a home as well as reducing running costs. Wrekin has substantial experience of working collaborative working gained through working on major social housing projects since 1985, and also has a reputation for delivering high quality, low maintenance PVC-u windows and doors that are very energy efficient.

The redevelopment of the MOD Beacon Barracks in Stafford is a shining example of what can be achieved through strong project management and collaborative working with trusted Supply Chain partners. The result is there to be seen – a modern, attractive site development with high quality, comfortable and attractive homes, all delivered on time.

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