£27 million contract awarded for RAF Marham squadron headquarters work

Pictured is the first of the UKs F-35B Lightning II jets to be flown to the UK.

Accompanied by two United States Marine Corps F-35B aircraft from their training base at Beaufort, South Carolina.

The F-35B Lightning II will place the UK at the forefront of fighter technology, giving the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy a true multi-role all weather, day and night capability, able to operate from well-established land bases, deployed locations or the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers.

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will be known in UK service as the Lightning II. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor but the UK is the only Level 1 partner with the US. A number of British companies, including BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce will have significant industrial work-share in construction and development of the aircraft. The Lightning II will provide UK Defence with a 5th Generation (low observable, supersonic, enhanced data fusion), multi-role, all weather, day and night aircraft that will have t
Pictured is the first of the UKs F-35B Lightning II jets to be flown to the UK. Accompanied by two United States Marine Corps F-35B aircraft from their training base at Beaufort, South Carolina. The F-35B Lightning II will place the UK at the forefront of fighter technology, giving the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy a true multi-role all weather, day and night capability, able to operate from well-established land bases, deployed locations or the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers. The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will be known in UK service as the Lightning II. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor but the UK is the only Level 1 partner with the US. A number of British companies, including BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce will have significant industrial work-share in construction and development of the aircraft. The Lightning II will provide UK Defence with a 5th Generation (low observable, supersonic, enhanced data fusion), multi-role, all weather, day and night aircraft that will have t

A contractor has been appointed to build the headquarters of RAF Marham’s new Lightning II fighter jet squadrons.

Wates Construction, whose regional office is is Cambridge, has been awarded a £27 million contract for the work, which is part of the £300 million programme to prepare the base for the arrival of the new planes in mid-2018.

Ian Vickers, managing director of Wates Home Construction Home Counties, said: “We are delighted to be chosen for this exciting project at RAF Marham.

“We look forward to working with client and their team in the delivery of the new squadron headquarters and bringing local opportunities for training and employment.”

Rob Dawson, principal project manager for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), added: “This award is great news.

“We look forward to working collaboratively with Wates to ensure the successful delivery of this important Ministry of Defence project.”

Although building work on the range of new facilities needed for the new jets has been underway for several months, construction on this part of the project is not due to start until the new year.

Around 300 jobs will be created throughout the development of dedicated mission planning, administration and maintenance facilities for the new jets, which are set to secure the long-term future of the station for decades to come.

The new squadron will operate under the 617 name made famous by the Dambusters during the Second World War.

The planes are intended to operate from both land and sea.

The first of the new aircraft carriers built to accommodate them is due to come into service in 2019.