Hawaii reveals $2.6bn project to build and upgrade military facilities
The US State of Hawaii will undergo a 32-year programme to renovate and construct military infrastructure in a scheme that will cost $2.6bn.
The Hawaii Infrastructure Readiness Initiative was announced by Senator Brian Schatz, which will begin with a £350mn project to build new air force facilities to address to shortcomings of the current base at Wheeler Army Air Field. This is scheduled to take five years.
Phase one of funding will also cover upgrades to Schofield Barracks.
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Senator Schatz commented: “The planned funding is critical to Hawaii, to the Army’s success, and to our national security.
“Fulfilling this plan will require timely and predictable funding, and the Department of Defense has my commitment to provide just that as we get back to the regular business of passing appropriations bills on time.”
Hawaii is one of the most important bases for the US Army. At its headquarters in Fort Shafter, more than 100,000 personnel are houses, including soldiers, reservists and civilian staff.
In March, Schatz announced a wider increase in federal funding for the state, which he says will be spent on important infrastructure projects such as green energy, health and education facilities and housing construction.
Henry Boot, Factory form joint venture with £1bn scheme
The property development business of Henry Boot (HBD) has announced it has formed a joint venture with international tech campus developer Factory as part of a £1bn scheme known as the Golden Valley Development.
Called HBD X Factory, the joint venture has been chosen to deliver the first phase of the scheme based in Cheltenham, which aims to focus on the development of technology in the UK. Centered around cyber and digital innovation, the development will include 3,700 new homes and 2mn sq ft of commercial space. Phase 1 aims to accommodate 111 acres of the scheme and will be located close to Factory’s first UK tech building near GCHQ.
Confirming the UK as a leader in cybersecurity
Minister for Digital Infrastructure, Matt Warman, said the £1bn development would help confirm the UK’s position as a leader in cybersecurity: “We are investing to help cyber-security businesses across the country tackle barriers to growth and boost people’s digital skills so we can usher in a golden age in UK tech.”
Commenting on the partnership, HBD Managing Director Ed Hutchinson said: “The HBD X Factory partnership reflects our focus on delivering large-scale, transformative regeneration projects – the Golden Valley Development is a hugely important project for Cheltenham, the South West region and the wider UK tech sector and we look forward to working alongside Factory to bring the scheme forward.”
It is expected that Client Cheltenham Borough Council will submit a planning application for the site in 2022 with Tewksbury Borough Council as a partner. Discussing future plans for the partnership, Henry Boot said the new JV would “focus on developing large-scale mixed-use districts and urban regeneration projects.”
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