Advancing UK Aerospace, Defence, Security & Space Solutions Worldwide
  • Home
  • /
  • Defence
  • /
  • RAF Lossiemouth accommodation upgrade completed

Defence

RAF Lossiemouth accommodation upgrade completed

A significant improvement to accommodation for hundreds of personnel at RAF Lossiemouth has been completed, following the handover of Peterhead House, the seventh and final of a series of new Single Living Accommodation (SLA) blocks.

Above: Some of the new blocks and the Accommodation Hub at RAF Lossiemouth near the end of construction.
Courtesy DIO / Copyright Tetra Tech

The seven blocks and accommodation hub, which provides 24-hour social areas for personnel living in the blocks, as well as office space for accommodation staff, were delivered by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) on behalf of the RAF.

Advertisement
Cranfield

In total, the seven blocks contain 426 en-suite bedrooms and each block also includes laundry and kitchenette facilities, providing comfortable accommodation for RAF personnel.

The £60 million accommodation project was completed by main contractor Robertson Construction Northern, which has a local office in Elgin about six miles from the Moray base, supported by Tetra Tech as Technical Service Provider. As well as construction, it included demolition of existing buildings on the site, design, diversion of services and landscaping. Pedestrian access routes and 300 new car parking spaces were built and a number of EV charging points were installed.

The project is part of a £400 million multiyear upgrade of RAF Lossiemouth, which is approaching completion in the coming months. The Lossiemouth Development Programme has overseen significant upgrades to the station, which is the RAF’s only Main Operating Base in Scotland, to allow it to host the RAF’s new P8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft as well as an additional Typhoon Squadron.

This work has included resurfacing the runway, a new fire station, new technical buildings including a Typhoon engineering facility and squadron operations building, and upgrades to utilities and drainage across the site. The investment underlines the MoD’s commitment to its people, to the enduring capability of the base and to investing in the Moray region, providing a boost to the local economy.

All buildings were constructed using Modern Methods of Construction, which sees the blocks being constructed off-site in sections which are then transported and assembled on site. This improves the quality of the final product, minimises disruption on what is a busy operational air base, and speeds up the completion of the work. For the final five blocks, even the internal fit out was done off-site, meaning that when the modules were delivered, only minor internal works were needed.

Darren Keddie, DIO’s Project Manager said: "It’s fantastic to see the conclusion of several years of close work with our contractors and RAF colleagues on this element of the Lossiemouth Development Programme. We want to ensure that our dedicated RAF personnel have suitable and comfortable accommodation to go back to when the working day is done and I hope and believe they will be happy with what we’ve provided here."

Advertisement
Advanced Engineering RT

Gp Capt Pete Beckett, Lossiemouth Development Programme Director, said: "This handover represents a significant milestone on the LDP journey, it is the final project to be delivered in support of P8 and Typhoon growth. Of all the works we have delivered this one, perhaps, means the most as it is directly focused on our people and making RAF Lossiemouth a better place to both live and work. My congratulations must go to Robertsons Construction Group, DIO Major Programmes and Projects, and Tetra Tech for the successful delivery of this key product; they should all be rightly proud of this quality product."

Gp Capt Jim Lee, RAF Lossiemouth Station Commander, said: "The handover of the final single living accommodation block to RAF Lossiemouth represents a huge moment. It signals the end of a long, collaborative journey between the Station, Defence Infrastructure Organisation, Tetra Tech and, of course, our local contractor Robertsons, to improve the accommodation offer for our people. At every step of the Lossiemouth Development Programme journey, the Station has become more operationally effective, and a better place to live and work. I am deeply grateful to everyone who has contributed to this endeavour and delivered transformational changes to our Station that will endure for decades to come."

Ian Phillips, Regional Managing Director, Robertson Construction Northern, said: "We have enjoyed a close working relationship with the DIO and RAF Lossiemouth over the last 25 years and during that time have delivered several strategic projects including married quarters, The Atlantic Building, and this new modern Single Living Accommodation.

"Together with Defence Infrastructure Organisation, we ensured that the accommodation and facilities meet user needs and priorities, whilst ensuring that any disruption to day-to-day activities at the base were kept to a minimum. Robertson is incredibly proud to play its part in supporting the defence sector and serving personnel."

The final projects for completion under the Lossiemouth Development Project are accommodation and a hangar for the US Navy, which has a small contingent operating from RAF Lossiemouth, representing the close relationship of the UK and USA.
 

Advertisement
L3Harris LB May IAMD L3Harris LB May IAMD
Radio wave weapon being developed for UK armed forces

Defence

Radio wave weapon being developed for UK armed forces

17 May 2024

A new game-changing weapon that uses radio waves to disable enemy electronics and take down multiple drones at once is under development for the UK’s armed forces.

UK Government supports 30,000 forces families to buy own home

Defence

UK Government supports 30,000 forces families to buy own home

17 May 2024

In the 10 years since the Forces Help To Buy scheme launched, over 30,000 families have so far benefitted from government support, with more than £450 million in interest free loans issued to service personnel to help them get onto the property ladder.

Babcock selected by Saab for Swedish Navy’s Luleå-class ships

Defence

Babcock selected by Saab for Swedish Navy’s Luleå-class ships

16 May 2024

Babcock International Group has been selected by Saab to support the design for the development of the Swedish Navy’s new Luleå-class Surface Combatant.

Babcock signs UK Nuclear Skills Charter

Defence Security

Babcock signs UK Nuclear Skills Charter

16 May 2024

Babcock has reinforced its commitment to securing the critical nuclear skills the UK needs to deliver national security and energy resilience.

Advertisement
ODU RT 2
Dstl leads on UKMFC

Defence Security

Dstl leads on UKMFC

16 May 2024

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is leading on the creation of the United Kingdom Microbial Forensics Consortium (UKMFC).

BAE Systems to develop next-gen airborne decoy countermeasure

Defence

BAE Systems to develop next-gen airborne decoy countermeasure

16 May 2024

BAE Systems has been selected by the US Navy to develop Dual Band Decoy (DBD), one of the most advanced radio frequency (RF) countermeasures in the world.

Advertisement
Marshall RT