29 Sep 2014

MOD award work to help bring Typhoon aircraft to Scotland

Summary: The Ministry of Defence has awarded a £23m contract to deliver new accommodation and support facilities at RAF Lossiemouth which will allow Typhoon fast jets to operate from the base.

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), MOD’s property and services provider, has awarded the contract to Turner Estate Solutions, its existing regional prime contractor responsible for delivering infrastructure work in Scotland.

The award of this contract follows the 2011 MoD review of bases, relocating the Typhoon Force from RAF Leuchars to RAF Lossiemouth.

Turner Estate Solutions will undertake the work in around 14 months. This builds on some £17 million of works already in progress at the Moray air base.

This work will deliver much-needed infrastructure required to support Typhoon operations 365-days-per-year. Significantly, this vital upgrade will provide the home for II (Army Cooperation) Squadron, the third Typhoon squadron to stand up at RAF Lossiemouth.

It will include operational planning, mission briefing and management functions, provision of secure undercover aircraft storage, engineering management and control functions required to support the effective operation of the Royal Air Force’s front-line Typhoon aircraft at the air base.

DIO Director of Finance and Commercial Marcus Leek said:

“DIO’s priority is to enhance the service we provide to defence and build a better estate; the right buildings in the right places.

“We’re delighted to award this contract to Turner Estate Solutions and look forward to delivering the facilities required to further enhance RAF Lossiemouth as a front-line operating base for the UK’s Typhoon Force.”