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Galliford Try to upgrade Red Arrows base

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Galliford Try to upgrade Red Arrows base

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Galliford Try has signed contracts with the MoD to provide new and refurbished infrastructure for the Red Arrows at their new home of RAF Waddington.

The modernisation deal also include work to build or refurbish facilities at three other bases: RAF Leeming, RAF Saxton Wold and both RAF Boulmer sites.

Jon Marston, managing director of Galliford Try Building East Midlands, said the project team would deliver a combination of refurbishments, new build facilities and single living accommodation across the sites.

The project is part of the MOD’s wider Defence Estate Optimisation Portfolio, which is investing £5.1bn in the infrastructure needed by  service people through construction activity, unit and personnel moves, and the release of sites that are no longer needed.

The Royal Air Force Aerobatics Team, better known as the Red Arrows, moved to RAF Waddington in October last year. New facilities are now required for the team and their distinctive red Hawk fast jets.

Earlier this year, multiple contractors were awarded packages of work across the DEO Portfolio in a landmark move to speed up project delivery.

The move will also provide a more collaborative way of working, and a consistent approach to sustainable building practices.

These contracts, which have enabled the disposal of RAF Scampton, will now see Galliford Try design and deliver the required infrastructure for Battlespace Management Force’s Deployable Air Surveillance and Control System, the Mobile Meteorological Unit and the Red Arrows.

Written by Aaron Morby at Construction Enquirer