TOTAL COST
£27.3M
COMPLETED
2010
DURATION
1Y 9M

Project description

One of the UK’s largest training bases, RAF Valley hosts advanced fast jet training facilities that produce world-class combat pilots for the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and international partner air forces. Morgan Sindall has helped its customer, civilian contractor Ascent, to provide the students of 4 Squadron with cutting-edge flight and mission simulators as well as new hangars, operational buildings and aprons, whilst delivering a cost-effective solution for the Ministry of Defence. The 4,000 m2 squadron building, which features an atria glazed spine, includes training and conference rooms, offices and simulator training facilities alongside a purpose-built car park. The new 20,000 m2 hangar is complemented by annexed accommodation with a mixture of offices, store areas and workshops. Externally, the works include a new independent drainage system, additional hardstandings, plus a new flight line and landscaping.

Challenges

Working within a live military operational environment

Testimonials

“Any construction on an active military base is fraught, but Morgan Sindall’s relationship with the base, and indeed their awareness of the issues of constructing during periods of operational flying, has been outstanding. Their involvement with the local community and their ability to so positively engage has proven to carry lasting benefits. The first in a series of projects for the Military Flying Training System (MFTS), this is a benchmark against which all future MFTS facilities will be compared.”

Russell Murdock
Strategic Director, VT Aerospace Ltd