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The UK’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has commenced the steelwork stage of a new aircraft hangar at Royal Air Force (RAF) Brize Norton as part of the construction of a new A400 Atlas aircraft maintenance facility.

Under the third phase of the project, DIO’s contractor Balfour Beatty, along with Billingtons Steel, has lifted into place the first of the 90t, 10m-deep primary trusses.

The new development is the first construction contract that DIO awarded under its Next Generation Estates Contracts (NGEC) national framework.

Balfour Beatty Delivery Unit (South) managing director Andy Duff said: "The start of the 3,000t hangar and office steel frame is a major milestone on this strategically important build.

"The overall planning, design and procurement of the job are very well progressed."

DIO has already completed and delivered the first two stages of this new maintenance facility.

Phase one of the project, which was completed in June 2013, saw an investment of £750,000 for the relocation of a colony of great crested newts and provision of new emergency water storage.

With a cost of £13.2m, the second phase involved risk mitigation works including, site clearance, ground works to remediate and level the site, and service diversions.

"The overall planning, design and procurement of the job are very well progressed."

Completed in March this year, this phase also covered the re-location and provision of new storm water attenuation tanks and new pavement-quality concrete aprons.

Phase three of this project will include the construction of the three bay hangar, gantry cranes and aircraft ground equipment store, as well as forward support stores including engine and tyre bays and a three story office / amenities block.

With an investment of £42m, the latest phase is scheduled for completion in May 2016.

The final stage will see the completion of the facility’s internal fit-out.

Image: DIO project manager Denis Williams with partners celebrating the first stage of the hangar’s steelwork. Photo: courtesy of MOD Crown Copyright.