Work at Suffolk base has £4.3m pricetag


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The base is currently home to the f-15 fighter plane

Northern Ireland contractor Henry Brothers has won a £4.3m deal to upgrade facilities for the US military at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk.

The job has been let by the MoD’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation and is part of a wider upgrade at the base ahead of the arrival of 1,200 extra personnel who will come across when two F-35 squadrons are stationed at the site from 2021.

Work includes revamping offices as well as improving security facilities for the US forces including a guard mount and day armoury.

Construction will start next month and is due to finish next summer.

Last November, the MoD awarded a £160m contract to a Kier VolkerFitzpatrick joint venture to get the base ready in time for the F-35s’ arrival.

Work includes building a flight simulator facility, a maintenance unit, new hangars and storage facilities.

The base will become the first permanent site for American F-35s in Europe.