Major construction at RAF Marham due to start next year and create significant business opportunities

Group Captain Richard Davies from RAF Marham, Heather Garrod President of West Norfolk Chamber Council and, Ray Harding from West Norfolk Council. ANL-150710-143244001
Group Captain Richard Davies from RAF Marham, Heather Garrod President of West Norfolk Chamber Council and, Ray Harding from West Norfolk Council. ANL-150710-143244001
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Major construction works will begin at RAF Marham next year thanks to the £300 million investment announced by the Government in February.

Three new hangers will be built, the runaway will be resurfaced and there will be additional helipads for use by aircraft from other areas in East Anglia.

The £300 million investment package for RAF Marham was announced by the Prime Minister on a visit to the base earlier this year.

David Cameron confirmed the cash, which defence chiefs say could create up to 1,700 jobs in construction and the supply chain, after touring the site and meeting servicemen and women.

Station Commander Group Captain Richard Davies shared details of what was planned for the base when he was a guest speaker at a recent breakfast meeting at Lynn Arts Centre attended by more than 60 members from Norfolk and Cambridgeshire Chambers.

The base is preparing for the arrival of the UK’s first F-35B Lightning II front-line fighter jet squadron. Said Gp Cpt Davies: “‘We will be the first F35 base and this plane is the future of the RAF.

“Our ten thousand force at RAF Marham will stay at a constant level, with the Tornado force starting to drop steadily, being back-filled with F35 forces.”

This investment will lead to significant new contracts for local businesses and he highlighted that the Defence Infrastructure Organisation is aiming to issue these contracts before the end of the year, for work to commence in 2016, which also marks RAF Marham’s 100 year anniversary.

Gp Cpt Davies made a call to action for local business support to help him keep his talented young people in our region. If there are more opportunities for them to get involved in the local community, such as local charities or youth groups, then this is likely to encourage them to stay in Norfolk.

The event, hosted by Heather Garrod, president of the West Norfolk Chamber Council, also included an RAF-themed networking activity which caused some healthy debate.

Prime Minister announces investment: http://www.lynnnews.co.uk/news/local/latest-local-news/prime-minister-announces-300-million-investment-in-raf-marham-1-6590962