Army Air Corps praise new facilities at RNAS Yeovilton
New facilities have been recently completed as part of Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) project Winfra.
The new facilities to provide infrastructure to support the co-location of the army’s Wildcat Attack Helicopter Force at RNAS Yeovilton have been praised.
Contract 2, which was completed at the end of last year, delivered technical facilities worth in the region of £14 million to facilitate the re-location of the Army Air Corps from Guttersloh and Dishforth into new accommodation at the Royal Naval Air station Yeovilton. The new facilities included a new Quartermaster’s Store, Motor Transport Workshop facility; secure covered vehicle garaging, car park extensions, ancillary buildings (including new vehicle fuel and wash down point) and a cycle path.
Talking about the new facilities Captain Rich Carter, Quartermaster for 1 Regt Army Air Corps, said:
We are really impressed with the new facilities at RNAS Yeovilton. They are modern and spacious and have been cleverly designed to provide completely flexible accommodation which will allow for the Regiment to reorganise in the future, if required.
The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers workshop is particularly impressive and incorporates modern equipment and facilities to ensure a safe, efficient and regulation compliant working environment.
The new facilities were handed over to us on time and we were impressed with the working relationships and communication between ourselves, the, the DIO Project Team, and the Works Contractors.
Steve Jeffries, DIO Project Manager for Winfra, said:
DIO’s priority is to support our armed forces by delivering the facilities they need to live, work, train and deploy on operations.
The DIO Project Team has worked hard to deliver these facilities on time and it is hoped that the new buildings will facilitate the smooth integration of the AAC into the Naval Air Station.
When all of the building work is completed on the site being delivered under Project Winfra, RNAS Yeovilton will provide the necessary infrastructure to support the navy and army Wildcat in a single location and on the same base. It will also provide efficiencies as a Main Operating Base.