THE BRITISH ARMY is inviting tenders for a £100M scheme to build and manage temporary military field camps throughout central Kosovo.
The contract, to be awarded on 15 July, will involve supplying portable winter accommodation for 5,000 troops at 17 camps and five hill-top communicators posts. It will also involve carrying out facilities management works on the sites for the three years that the Army expects to be in Kosovo.
Bidders include Turner Facilities Management, Brown & Root, Taylor Woodrow with consultant Gibb and a consortium made up of WS Atkins, Mowlem and defence firm Hunting.
Hunting, which owns temporary accommodation supplier Kudos, has been developing a more robust version of the containerised, flat-pack units favoured by the Army which can be assembled without the use of cranes.
The Royal Engineers have already selected 60% of the camp sites. All will be located in the 60km long by 40km wide British controlled sector of central Kosovo. The REs will be responsible for clearing the sites and constructing hardstanding for the housing units as well as providing piped water to the perimeter of the camps.
The housing units will be grouped into camps for between 150 and 500 troops. They are likely to be either standard flat-pack units which can be transported on the back of an articulated truck or a higher quality, insulated soft-wall system.
Successful bidders will be paid a lump sum to design, construct and manage the camps. If the camps have to be moved at a later date, the contractor will also receive an additional payment.
Work on the camps is expected to start at the end of July. Contractors will have to provide enough accommodation for 2,000 troops by 31 October with the remaining 3,000 to be housed by 31 December.
Project sponsor Lieutenant Colonel Glyn Taylor said: 'We like to give British soldiers good accommodation on these operations but it will not be gold plated.'