Design contract awarded for £500 million RAF Lossiemouth redevelopment

MOTT MacDonald has been awarded the design contract for the resurfacing of the runways at RAF Lossiemouth, to prepare the base for the arrival of nine P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

The company will provide design and support services throughout the detailed design, construction, testing and commissioning phases of the project. VolkerFitzpatrick awarded the contracted following a successful partnership during the tender stage.

The work comes as part of the £500 million RAF Lossiemouth Development Programme (LDP), which will see a renewal of the main and secondary runways; the construction of a new aircraft servicing platform for the P-8As; and associated infrastructure including aeronautical ground lighting, approach lighting, drainage, high mast lighting, post flight rinse facility and communications.

Other improvements include new accommodation for personnel, a new aircraft control tower, upgrades to drainage and electrical supplies, and upgraded facilities for IX (Bomber) Squadron. The firm say that the aim of the work is to ensure RAF Lossiemouth is transformed into a modern, high-tech station, equipped to face a range of evolving challenges.

Simon Nesbitt, project manager, Mott MacDonald, said, “We are delighted to have been awarded the design contract and will ensure that minimal disruption is caused at RAF Lossiemouth during the works. Mott MacDonald offer the advantage of a local office with previous project experience at RAF Lossiemouth coupled with group-wide expertise in the defence sector as well as Airport Pavements and associated infrastructure.”

Mott MacDonald say they will work closely with VolkerFitzpatrick, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, RAF Lossiemouth, the local community and other stakeholders to ensure that the works are designed and constructed to minimise the impact to everyday station operations and the local community. They estimate the project will complete in Spring 2021.