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An RAF plane at RAF Lossiemouth base

11 February 2020

Mott MacDonald principal support provider for temporary operating base in RAF Lossiemouth Development Programme

Mott MacDonald has successfully delivered a principal support provider role to the client, Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), for the development of a temporary operating base at Kinloss Barracks. The project has now been handed over to the client and has accommodated the arrival of the first P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft before moving permanently to RAF Lossiemouth.

Mott MacDonald’s services included design development, project management and contract administration during the construction phase. The refurbishment strategy focused on optimising the level of treatment to improve the existing assets, including runway, taxiway, aircraft servicing platforms, aircraft wash support facility and traffic signals.

It was announced in August that Mott MacDonald will provide design and support services throughout the detailed design, construction, testing and commissioning phases of the aircraft operating surfaces at RAF Lossiemouth.

Simon Nesbitt, project principal, Mott MacDonald said: “We are excited to continue our role on this important programme and are delighted to have welcomed the arrival of the first P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft this month.”

This project forms part of the £500 million RAF Lossiemouth Development Programme (LDP). Other improvements to follow include accommodation for personnel, a new Air Traffic Control Tower, upgrades to drainage and electrical supplies, and upgraded facilities for IX (Bomber) Squadron.

The LDP is a complex series of projects which is already transforming RAF Lossiemouth into a modern, high-tech station, equipped to face a range of evolving challenges. It represents the creation of around 550 additional military posts and employment opportunities for many local contractors.

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