A joint venture (JV) of Galliford Try and Lagan Construction has won a £135m contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the development of a new aircraft hangar at the Royal Air Force (RAF) base in Norfolk, UK.
Under the contract, the JV will construct a new hangar capable of housing 12 of the F-35B Lightning jet aircraft. The scope of the contract will also include the improvement of existing facilities such as resurfacing two existing runways and taxiways.
Furthermore, the work will also involve the addition of vertical landing pads to RAF Marham, accommodating the F-35B's ability to land vertically.
Work on the project will commence immediately and is scheduled to be completed in summer 2019. The station will remain operational during the works.
The proposed investment in RAF Marham is the last of seven projects worth £250m, aimed to prepare the base for the arrival of the F-35 Lightning aircraft in 2018.
UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “Flying from our new Queen Elizabeth Class carriers, the F-35B aircraft will provide the UK with the ability to project our influence globally. This contract will ensure that RAF Marham has the facilities to match this world-class aircraft when it arrives next year.
“Throughout the F-35 programme, British firms have won major contracts creating thousands of jobs. The contract to improve the runways and taxiways as well as installing new landing pads will bring local jobs to Marham.”