Sector: Defence Completion date: July 2020

The 33,000 m2 strategic facility – part of an extensive upgrade at RAF Lossiemouth to futureproof the airbase – includes a three-bay aircraft hangar for the Poseidon, crew and maintainer training facilities, flight planning facilities and workshop areas for up to 600 personnel, and squadron accommodation.

The project team were on the ground at RAF Lossiemouth from April 2018, following a 12-month collaboration with Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) during preconstruction to design the state-of-the-art facility.

Elliot Robertson, Chief Executive Officer, Robertson Group said:

"Robertson is no stranger to delivering projects of this magnitude and complexity, but we’re especially proud of the RAF Lossiemouth strategic facility, which further underpins our capability in the defence sector. Not only was it an opportunity for us to collaborate closely with Boeing and provide unrivalled local expertise and knowledge, but it further illustrates how our delivery teams find solutions to the many challenges that are set through the design process to meet exacting and specific requirements."

As a quick reaction alert site for the north of the UK, the airbase was fully operational throughout construction and the team showed exceptional project and safety management to comply with RAF restrictions as well as our own processes. During enabling works and construction, our ongoing communication with multiple and often competing stakeholders ensured programme efficiency as the RAF continued its activities. 

To give some idea of the scale of the project, up to 280 double-decker buses could park in the new building. On completion, RAF Lossiemouth will be the only airbase with an infrastructure similar to Jacksonville in Florida, the third-largest naval air station in the United States. 

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