We are delighted to have completed the construction of this exciting project, and witnessed operations begin as it was officially opened by Nusrat Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, in July.
The base, operated by Bristow Search and Rescue on behalf of HM Coastguard, is a permanent replacement for temporary facilities previously used at Lydd. It comprises of hangar space for two helicopters, a maintenance workshop; operations and office suites, and accommodation.
The steel frame construction includes specialist, electrically-operated hangar doors. The base’s extensive modular welfare facilities, which include sleeping quarters, washroom facilities and catering, were installed having been constructed off-site.
External works included a large, reinforced concrete apron for helicopter taxiing operations, car parking, and an access road.
All works were completed while Lydd Airport remained in full service.