Major milestone for RAF Lossiemouth aircraft facility

A topping out ceremony has marked a major milestone in the construction of the Poseidon P-8A Strategic Facility at RAF Lossiemouth.

Bill Robertson, founder and executive chairman of locally headquartered contractor Robertson, joined representatives from Boeing UK and the Royal Air Force to watch the final beam being lowered into place on the main structure of the building.

The facility will house the RAF’s nine new Poseidon P-8A maritime patrol and attack aircraft. The project has been funded through a £100 million joint investment between Boeing UK and the UK Government, and is due for completion in spring 2020.

The predominantly steel structure is 19 metres in height, 165 metres in length and 100 metres wide. It will have capacity to hold three aircraft at any given time.

Robertson is providing a design and build solution, working with multi-disciplinary organisation Ridge, to provide a fully BIM-compliant project.

Steve Burnell, managing director MOD Services, Boeing, said, “Boeing is proud to be delivering the highly capable P-8A Poseidon maritime and anti-submarine aircraft to the Royal Air Force whilst delivering investment into the UK. The P-8A is proven around the world and has already accumulated more than 170,000 flight hours. We’re working with other UK businesses to deliver this strategic facility for the country and community.”

Robertson CEO Derek Shewan added, “A project of this scale from a client like Boeing does not come along very often, and we knew that trust had to be integral to our strategy. Our team worked incredibly hard during pre-construction because we wanted it to be a beacon of best practice in terms of transparency and delivery. Therefore, we made it a priority to involve Boeing in our procurement process from the outset. This meant that our client had a view of all the tender responses from the supply chain as they came in, ensuring they were aware of the real net cost from the get go. This has helped manage expectations from all parties involved.

“While we are no strangers to delivering projects of scale, we are particularly happy to be working on a project that once complete, will provide around 650 local jobs. This will be a huge boost to local Moray communities and beyond.”