Jobs boost for Moray as contractor announced for RAF Lossiemouth project

RAF Lossiemouth
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SOME 125 jobs are to be created as a result of an £83 million upgrade project at RAF Lossiemouth, the UK Government has said.

The figure includes seven new trainee positions in engineering and construction, with the investment enabling the build of a new training facility and a second unit the size of an olympic swimming pool at the Moray base.

McLaughlin & Harvey has secured the contract from Boeing Defence UK to deliver the new unit, which will be used to house the ‘cutting-edge’ UK E-7 Wedgetail surveillance fleet and will sit alongside the recently completed Atlantic Building.

Steve Burnell, MD of Boeing Defence UK, said, “Boeing is no stranger to delivering projects of this magnitude and complexity in Scotland, and we’re especially proud to be once again collaborating with our local supply chain to help create and sustain new jobs in the region.”

Minister for defence procurement, Alex Chalk KC, added, “This is another significant investment for defence in Scotland, creating hundreds of jobs and bolstering the local economy.

“Scotland has a proud history as home to some our most critical defence assets, and this investment will enable the new fleet of cutting-edge E-7 aircraft to support that vital capability.”