RAF Lossiemouth housing


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Covesea Ltd, Infrastructure Managers Ltd
April 2000
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The first privately financed turnkey project in the military residential sector

This was the first privately financed government project in the military residential sector, serving the personnel of the RAF Lossiemouth fighter base. Robertson Facilities Management has provided maintenance services for the homes since 2013.

The 'Provision of Married Quarters' project was constructed by Robertson and our joint venture partner in 1999 for Covesea Ltd and the Defence Housing Estates. Various greenfield sites were procured for a development of 279 houses in a range of configurations.







Providing best value for a turnkey project

In the mid-1990s the RAF identified a need for more residential capacity at Lossiemouth for the officers and airmen, and their families, stationed at the base.

Turnkey service: site acquisition, funding, design, construction, maintenance.

Robertson secured the project as a joint venture. Our solution offered the best value but also gave a turnkey service: site procurement, design, construction, competitive project finance arrangements, and a robust maintenance regime. Robertson Capital Projects invested in the project through equity funding, as well as by sourcing private debt funding.

Efficiently constructed residential layouts

Robertson and our joint venture partner designed and constructed 279 properties over four estates – two in Elgin and two in Lossiemouth. We employed timber kit construction methods, with many of the components manufactured off-site at our nearby timber engineering facility in Elgin, making construction and assembly more efficient and cost-effective.

After a rigorous and independent process, RFM was awarded the contract. Their mobilisation process was seamless and relationships and the general operation of the contract have improved immeasurably.
Geoff Begg
IML Operations Manager (2015)

The overall layout was carefully considered, with the dwellings integrated into their respective sites using substantial communal landscaped areas, including children's play areas, cycle routes and footpaths.

Ongoing maintenance and management

In October 2013, Robertson Facilities Management (RFM) was awarded the contract to provide planned and preventative maintenance for a period of 20 years. RFM offers savings and quality by delivering the services via a local team of maintenance engineers. These include move-in and move-out services, hard and soft FM, grounds maintenance and lifecycle management.

An annual planned and preventative maintenance programme (PPM) reduces the ongoing cost of ownership for the customer, while a 24-hour helpdesk and a reactive call-out service is still on hand to cover emergencies.