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Balfour Beatty to build £82.5m engineering and training facilities for F35s at RAF Marham

BAE Systems has confirmed Balfour Beatty will build engineering and training facilities at RAF Marham in an £82.5m deal.

The contractor will build the facilities at the RAF base in Norfolk, which will be the main operating station for the UK’s first F-35 Lightning II aircraft in 2018.

Balfour Beatty will build three new facilities: an integrated training centre; a logistics operations centre; and a maintenance and finishing facility.

Balfour Beatty F35 RAF Marham 1 interior hanger view

Balfour Beatty F35 RAF Marham 1 interior hangar view

Interior view of a hangar facility

The group has committed to use of BIM and 4D modelling throughout construction of the buildings, which cover 25,000 sq m across three sites.

Balfour Beatty is working with BAE Systems, its customer Lockheed Martin, the UK Ministry of Defence’s lightning project team and RAF Marham.

Its social commitments include generating work for 15 apprentices, three graduate trainees and three work placements.

The contractor said it would spend a minimum of £25m via SMEs. 

Works get under way this month and are due to be completed in the summer of 2018.

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