Balfour Beatty signs £82.5m RAF base contract with BAE
Posted on: 08/04/2016

Balfour Beatty has signed an £82.5m contract with BAE Systems for engineering and training facilities at RAF Marham, Norfolk, for the UK’s first F-35 Lightning II aircraft.

This month will see Balfour commence work on the construction phase, with 300 on-site workers at its peak. The project will see three new facilities; an integrated training centre, logistics operations centre, and maintenance and finishing facility, as part of the expansion. At least £25m of the project fund will be spent via SMEs and provide opportunities for apprentices, graduate trainees, and student work placements.

Using digital tools such as 4D modelling and BIM throughout the construction, the three individual sites will see 25,000m2 of technical accommodation across the bases.

Dean Banks, Balfour Beatty Managing Director UK Construction Services, said;

“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.”

Having worked closely with BAE Systems, its customer Lockheed Martin, the UK Ministry of Defence’s Lightning Project Team and RAF Marham over the past 6 years, this project will build on Balfour’s experience of delivering highly complex and technically challenging projects for the UK MoD on live operational bases. With work scheduled to commence this month, completion is predicted for summer 2018, ready for the arrival of the F-35 Lightning II fleet later in 2018.

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