11 May 2023

Kier has been appointed as one of the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) delivery partners for its Defence Estate Optimisation (DEO) Portfolio. The MoD has adopted an alliancing approach to the delivery of a significant number of projects within its £5.1bn investment portfolio which will enable the design and build of a wide range of buildings and infrastructure.

Kier has been appointed to deliver one major project and one regional package:

  • Major project – RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire
  • Regional package – Army South of England

Within DEO, this Strategic Alliance Programme will drive collaboration across core themes including social and environmental sustainability and digitisation. The alliancing approach will embrace and enable Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) and Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA).

Kier has a breadth of experience working in construction and infrastructure alliances, a key principle of the Construction Playbook, including the delivery of HMP Millsike through the Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ’s) New Prisons Programme and through its other business streams.

The programme will also support supply chain partners of Kier with early supplier involvement and visibility of work, which in turn ensures the building of long-term relationships.

"Kier’s appointment to the Defence Estate Optimisation Portfolio is a proud moment and builds on the long-standing and successful partnership between Kier and the MoD. 

The defence sector has a strong culture of innovation, and we are delighted to be able to contribute to this through the application of the extensive construction alliancing experience we have developed in other sectors.  By embracing alliancing to deliver DEOP, we and our partners will have the opportunity to develop and address solutions for this programme, and the wider construction industry."

Stuart Togwell Group managing director, Kier Construction

Director of Infrastructure for the MoD Sherin Aminossehe said: “The Strategic Alliance Contract for the Defence Estate Optimisation Portfolio will allow us to capitalise on the wealth of knowledge within the construction industry and harness that expertise in a way we’ve not previously done. The contract will ensure we can deliver the right buildings and infrastructure for Defence that will enable our military capability and create the right environment for our people to train, work and live in. We will be delivering at pace and start to see the benefits straight away within projects being mobilised this year.

“This important milestone marks the culmination of a lot of hard work and dedication by the Defence Estate Optimisation team and I offer my congratulations to them as well as to the successful contractors who we look forward to working with in delivering our shared vision.”

This latest success builds upon Kier’s proud track record of delivering buildings and infrastructure across the MoD estate, including early Defence Estate Optimisation projects such as the Defence Infrastructure Organisation’s (DIO’s) new headquarters at Whittington Barracks, Lichfield.