The UK Ministry Of Defence (MoD) has awarded contracts to construction company Galliford Try to build new and upgraded infrastructure for the Red Arrows at its new home of Royal Air Force (RAF) Waddington.
Four contracts have been awarded for developing or renovating buildings at three additional RAF bases, namely RAF Leeming, RAF Saxton Wold, and RAF Boulmer.
The Royal Air Force Aerobatics Team, often known as the Red Arrows, is the aerobatics display team of the RAF. Last year, in October, the Red Arrows relocated to RAF Waddington.
Following this relocation, the team and its red Hawk jets are currently in need of new facilities.
Galliford will develop and build the necessary facilities for the Battlespace Management Force’s Deployable Air Surveillance and Control System, the Mobile Meteorological Unit, and the Red Arrows.
The scope of Galliford’s work includes the construction of new buildings, renovation of existing ones, and provision of single-family housing across the sites.
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These contracts have together facilitated the disposal of RAF Scampton.
The project forms part of the MoD’s larger Defence Estate Optimisation (DEO) Portfolio, through which it is investing £5.1bn in the infrastructure required by its service members through construction work, unit and staff moves, and demolition of sites that are no longer fit for the UK’s modern military.
RAF Air Commodore A J Portlock said: “This significant milestone marks an exciting transition into the much-awaited design-and-build phase of the project.
“Providing this essential infrastructure will enable the RAF to make best use of its estate, whilst also delivering our capabilities which are critical to defence.”
Earlier this year, several construction contractors were awarded work packages throughout the DEO Portfolio to accelerate project delivery.
Upon its completion, the expanded facilities will employ approximately 150 additional staff.