RAF Lossiemouth Program Underway to Enhance British Aircraft Capability

Tetra Tech is supporting the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) on numerous infrastructure projects at the Royal Air Force’s Lossiemouth base in Scotland to help mitigate a strategic defense gap by re-introducing Maritime Patrol Aircraft capability and an additional Typhoon fighter squadron.

With nine projects underway on the Lossiemouth Development Programme, Tetra Tech is providing project management, design, cost management, and master planning services to redevelop and replace facilities for enabling aircraft operations.

“This program represents a major investment that will turn RAF Lossiemouth into a modern and high-tech main base to meet an evolving set of challenges,” said Neil Malcolm, program manager for the Lossiemouth development. ”Our personnel are working full-time on the program, most of whom are based at RAF Lossiemouth. They are supported by our colleagues from all across the country.”

Currently, we are supporting the following DIO projects:

  • Redevelopment of the aircraft operating surfaces
  • New single living accommodation for more than 2,000 personnel
  • Squadron operations and engineering facility for the additional Typhoon squadron
  • New air traffic control capability
  • New fire station
  • New gymnasium and sports facility
  • Increased utilities and drainage across the airbase
  • New washhangar for United States Navy (USN) P-8 Poseidon aircraft
  • New single living accommodation for USN personnel on temporary duty

We are also helping Defence Equipment and Support develop a new P-8 strategic facility to house up to three P-8A aircraft, with additional provision for engineering and training. Other additions include new runways, taxiways, and technical accommodations to service the aircraft.

After entering service in 2020, the introduction of P-8 Poseidon aircraft will address a strategic defense capability gap by protecting the UK's nuclear deterrent and aircraft carriers. They will also perform search-and-rescue and overland reconnaissance missions.

“It’s an incredible development in terms of its complexity and scale. Our team is well equipped to tackle the challenging timescales with our partners,” said Ian Richardson, Tetra Tech’s program director. “As with our work on the Army Basing Programme, we are putting the principles of collaborative working per ISO 440001 standards into practice to support our long-term work with our partners. One of the several benefits from that is we’re providing the RAF with a small project management office to allow it to govern the program throughout development.”