Working with industry partner Debut Services Limited, DIO has provided 54 new en-suite bedrooms at the Joint Forces Command station. Intended for senior non-commissioned officers (SNCOs) from all 3 services, the rooms are in a 3-storey block, together with several ancillary rooms such as laundry rooms and kitchens.
Lorraine Kerr, DIO project manager, said:
Providing high quality accommodation for the armed forces is a DIO priority, so we’re delighted to hand over this project, the last in our current programme of works at RAF Wyton. I hope the SNCOs enjoy their new rooms.
The new accommodation block was largely prefabricated, with 60 individual modules being built off site. These were then assembled at the base and covered with a brick exterior.
Flight Sergeant Kerry Finlay said:
My new accommodation has provided me with a really nice space in which I can relax and enjoy a level of independence I haven’t been afforded in the past.
I believe the new facilities offer an appropriate standard of living for today’s SNCOs and allow each the flexibility to adapt their own personal space according to their own circumstances.
Personally speaking, the opportunity to have a facility where I can cook for myself and socialise with friends and colleagues might be long overdue but is nevertheless most welcome.
Wing Commander Ola Fashade, commanding officer at RAF Wyton, said:
The new rooms have been designed to a very high standard, which will provide an excellent living environment for our people. I know the SNCOs are very pleased and we are grateful to DIO and their contractors who have delivered this high quality accommodation.
The construction of the new bedrooms was part of Project SLAM, a long-term investment in upgrading single living accommodation facilities for service personnel across the country.
The aim of Project SLAM is to deliver modern, high quality, single living accommodation to armed forces personnel. In achieving this standard, servicemen and women will be provided with the living environment needed to help them feel valued. It is also considered essential if the armed forces are to retain their highly trained personnel.
The new accommodation forms part of a larger programme of upgrades and new buildings at RAF Wyton, including 4 new blocks providing 286 rooms for junior ranks, a new junior ranks mess, new officers’ mess SLAM accommodation and a sports pavilion.