Project name: RAF Lakenheath
Location: Lakenheath, Suffolk
Client name: Kier and Volkerfitzpatrick
Supplied by: Wernick Hire
Accommodation type: Double-storey AVflex® building
Size: 96 modules
Features: Reception, waiting room, offices, mindfulness room, locker/changing room, canteen
In preparation for the US Military’s newest fighter aircraft, the F-35, RAF Lakenheath will undergo a massive transformation led by engineering and construction firm Kier VolkerFitzpatrick.
On completion of the £160m project, the site will be the first permanent international base for the aircraft in Europe. Over two years, 1,000 personnel will build a cutting-edge flight simulator, maintenance unit, new hangars and storage facilities.
Essential to such an extensive project are pleasant and hard-wearing welfare, catering and office facilities, and welcoming areas for visitors.
Wernick Hire received the order to install a temporary building – two storeys of AVflex® (anti-vandal) modules, with ample room for work and rest areas.
Built to order modules arrived straight from the manufacturer over a four-month period.
Attractive reception areas, a fully equipped canteen, a mindfulness and relaxation area, meeting rooms, office spaces and locker rooms all provide a fitting base for the operation.
Wernick’s installations team attended Kier VolkerFitzpatrick’s daily management meetings to understand the particularities of a live military setting.
These included document checks, escorts for any incoming vehicles or deliveries and a twelve-week warning for any craning work.
The close relationship between client and Wernick worked well, and the result is a building that the client is proud to call home.
Kevin Kennedy, Senior Works Manager at Volkerfitzpatrick commented:
“Wernick worked alongside us as part of the team, working within the restrictions and adapting to our systems. Everybody is really impressed with the set up that we have here.”
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