Balfour Beatty secures £82.5m defence contract in Norfolk

WCN Editorial Team 12 Apr 2016 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Balfour Beatty has secured an £82.5m contract from BAE Systems to build engineering and training facilities at RAF Marham in Norfolk, UK.

The contract will help prepare the base for the arrival of the RAF's first F-35 Lightning II aircraft in 2018. RAF Marham will be the main operating station for the F-35 Lightning II jets.

Under the contract, Balfour Beatty will construct three new facilities covering 25,000 sq m that will feature an integrated training centre, a logistics operations centre and a maintenance and finishing facility.

Balfour Beatty will use digital tools such as 4D modelling and BIM throughout the construction of the facilities.

Before getting the contract, Balfour Beatty worked closely with BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, the UK Ministry of Defence's Lightning Project Team and RAF Marham for the past six months as a preferred supplier to prepare for the project.

Construction on the project is scheduled to begin in April 2016 and will be completed by mid-2018. The project will create 300 construction jobs during the peak phase.

Balfour Beatty managing director UK construction services Dean Banks said: "Our proven expertise in defence and aviation means that we have developed technically advanced delivery solutions that will help to ensure that RAF Marham's operational capability is maintained throughout our construction activities on base."

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