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MOD awards contract to build Typhoon facilities in Moray

The Ministry of Defence has awarded a £23 million contract to deliver new accommodation and support facilities at RAF Lossiemouth.

RAF Typhoon during training sortie [Picture: Senior Aircraftman Andrew Seaward, Crown copyright]
RAF Typhoon during training sortie

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.

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.

Typhoon taking off
Typhoon taking off [Picture: Senior Aircraftman Scott Lewis, Crown copyright]

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.

The award of this contract follows the basing review announcement in July 2011, which stated that the Typhoon Force would relocate from RAF Leuchars to RAF Lossiemouth.

Earlier this year 2 squadrons from RAF Leuchars, 1 (Fighter) Squadron and 6 Squadron, relocated to RAF Lossiemouth. As announced in December 2013 they will be joined by II (Army Cooperation) Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth in April 2015.

Published 26 September 2014