Project details

The Beacon Barracks project (SFA Borona) in Stafford was a £150 million scheme to create a major hub for the UK’s armed forces. The redevelopment programme by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) provided 346 new homes, workshops, single living accommodation, offices, garages, a junior ranks catering, retail and leisure facility, training, sports and medical services.

  • Client: Defence Infrastructure Organisation, Lovell Partnerships
  • Project: Beacon Barracks SFA
  • Location: Staffordshire
  • Sector: Residential
  • Value: £6m
  • Contract Duration: 55 weeks
  • Service: Enabling Works, Infrastructure Works


Beacon Barracks SFA involved the construction of section 111 works, enabling works and infrastructure works (Roads, sewers and services) for the construction of 346 houses for soldiers and their families for Lovell Partnership, working on behalf of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.

The works involved the realignment of the existing A513 and included all substructure works, services infrastructure, surfacing and road marking, working in conjunction with Staffordshire County Highways Department.

The enabling works package delivered a c.200 space temporary car park, foundations, drainage and services for provisional welfare facilities. O’Brien also delivered piling mats, temporary haul roads, along with the formation of storage areas and mortar silo areas.

The main works were for the cut/fill under roads, mains storm and foul site drainage, including forming outfalls to existing sewers, storm attenuation systems and hydrobrakes, placing capping materials and Type 1 stone. We also secured the installation of kerb races and kerbs, services infrastructure, surfacing in both tarmac and block paving to 3.1km of adoptable roads.

During the course of the works, our value engineering reduced the amount of imported capping materials through using excavated materials. This decreased the amount of excess materials needed removing to landfill, whilst still meeting the criteria of the adoptable roads.

We maintained level control on site with the use of machine fitted GPS on dozers.