A Galliford Try / Lagan Construction Group joint venture has won a £135m deal to build the hangars for a new fleet of RAF fighter jets in Norfolk.
The contract will see the JV upgrade the existing infrastructure at RAF Marham near King’s Lynn, including the design and build of the hangars for 12 F-35B Lightning II aircraft.
Other works will see the firms resurface the base’s two existing runways and taxiways, as well as add two vertical landing pads for the F-35Bs.
The F-35 building programme is the world’s largest single defence programme and has included the engineering expertise of a number of UK-based firms such as Lockheed Martin.
Work will begin immediately, with construction scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2019.
It is the last of seven projects to be carried out at the RAF Marham base as part of £250m investment programme to ready the site for the arrival of aircraft in 2018.
Balfour Beatty secured a £83m deal to build the engineering and training facilities at RAF Marham in April last year, whle Wates landed a £27m contract to deliver the the base’s squadron headquarters in December.
Defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: “Flying from our new Queen Elizabeth Class carriers, the F-35B aircraft will provide the UK with the ability to project our influence globally.
“This contract will ensure that RAF Marham has the facilities to match this world-class aircraft when it arrives next year.
“Throughout the F-35 programme, British firms have won major contracts creating thousands of jobs. The contract to improve the runways and taxiways as well as installing new landing pads will bring local jobs to Marham.”