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Hercules – RAF Lyneham

Project Hercules was a joint venture between Balfour Beatty plc and Kier Group, converting three huge hangars that had previously been home to Hercules aircraft, plus ancillary buildings, into a military technical college for the RAF, Army and Navy.

Working on a live military base meant we had to work in secure areas, causing minimal disruption and our site team had to undergo Asbestos awareness training and pass security checks such as Disclosure Scotland and DBS.

Our site team have done a fantastic job at RAF Lyneham, getting this huge project handed over to the client, on time, with quality and without any accidents. The hangars themselves presented a number of challenges – the height of the ceilings meant that specialist access equipment and harnesses were needed. The flooring was technically difficult to get right – due to the extremely heavy use over a number of years. We have worked hard with the specialist resin coatings supplier to repair, harden and protect the floors to ensure they last for many more years.

As this was an existing site with a history that must be respected and preserved, the refurbishment works have brought a sense of pride to our site team. The officer’s mess bar had some tired woodwork that was brought back to life and now looks stunning. The hangars were in a very tired and dilapidated state, but our hard work has paid off, and they now look brand new.

The exterior of the hangars and ancillary buildings also had to be refurbished, using specialist coatings such as Sandtex Flexigloss on the vehicle ammunition stores. In addition to the refurbishment works, we also decorated the new accommodation buildings, which included single-living apartments, communal areas, a gymnasium and a theatre. The external woodwork was also decorated with a hard-wearing stain.