Work commenced on the £23m project in October 2014 and was completed ahead of schedule in just 14 months.
The project involved creating a new headquarters building, refurbishing nine hardened aircraft shelters and a parking area for eight aircraft, providing new floodlights, and renovating dining facilities.
The work has delivered first class facilities which are vital to enable II (Army Cooperation) Squadron’s role to provide personnel and aircraft to carry out quick reaction alert (Interceptor) north operations as well as supporting global operations. The major refurbishment of the aircraft storage facilities was completed seven months early, allowing the squadron to operate independently.
The new headquarters provides the state of the art secure facilities required by a fast jet squadron. It accommodates engineering and logistics facilities and the Survival Equipment Section, which maintains all of the high tech equipment worn by Typhoon pilots during flight; classroom facilities and executive and administrative offices.
Jim Ellistone, Defence Infrastructure Organisation’s (DIO’s) project manager said:
“The facility was delivered almost a month early and significantly under budget. By any standards, this has been a superb team effort. Collaboration by all parties has been outstanding and we have had the full support of the Royal Air Force throughout.”