Robertson completes and hands over £100m RAF facility to DE&S
July 27, 2020 – Robertson Construction, a British construction company, has completed and handed over the £100m RAF Lossiemouth strategic facility in Moray, Scotland to the Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) in the UK.
The new facility will be used to operate a fleet of Poseidon aircraft and the first planes are expected to operate from the base later this year.
Working with Boeing, which has been serving DE&S, for the last three years, Robertson had spent the initial 12 months of the collaboration on pre-construction.
Robertson Group CEO Elliot Robertson said: “It was imperative from the commencement of this project that trust would be an integral part of our strategy. Our team ensured that this project was delivered to the highest quality and could be held up as a beacon of best practice in collaboration and local sustainable delivery.”
The 33,000m² facility, which will strengthen the UK’s maritime patrol capability, include squadron accommodation, crew and maintainer training facilities, flight planning facilities, workshop areas and a three-bay aircraft hangar and is capable of housing three Poseidons at one time.
Robertson claims that more than 100,000 tonnes of concrete had been batched on-site during the build, where 20 local sub-contractors had been involved, to supplement its services.
The facility is touted to be built predominantly with streel, boasting 25,000m² of cladding, resulting from a collaborative partnership between all the parties.
Boeing Defence UK managing director Anna Keeling said: “We are incredibly proud to be handing over this state-of-the-art facility to DE&S after two years of hard work and investment, and we are excited to begin a new phase of Boeing’s partnership at RAF Lossiemouth.
“It’s a further sign of our commitment to a local presence in the UK, skilled job creation as well as UK supplier engagement, and we could not have done it without the support of our Morayshire community partners, both on and off base.”