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Interserve Construction, part of the Interserve Group of international support

services and construction, has been ‘airside’ at the UK’s busiest RAF base carrying

out risk mitigation and concreting works for a new aircraft maintenance facility.



December 2015

Issue 39

Interserve Construction at

Brize Norton

The work was commissioned by the

Defence Infrastructure Organisation

(DIO) on behalf of the Defence

Equipment and Support A400M

Integrated Project Team. The brief

was to prepare RAF Brize Norton

as the home of the RAF’s new fleet

of 22 Airbus A400M Atlas transport


The work requires special

consideration due to the busy and

unique location of the site which

is bounded by the runway, taxiway

and multiple occupied buildings.

Careful measures were

implemented to control Foreign

Object Debris (FOD) which could be

ingested in aircraft engines.

Outlining the unique challenges of

the project, Site Manager Samuel

Dibaj said: “The site was classed

as ‘airside’ which required all

personnel who did not possess the

correct access pass to be escorted

at all times.

“Additionally, the project was

bounded by the runway, taxiway

and multiple occupied buildings.

The site positioning also meant

that we were within the Airfield

Navigation Aids, primarily those

who assist aircraft to land.

“Close liaison with ATC (Air Traffic

Control) and Flight Comms ensured

that no obstructions were placed

within the Airfield Navigation Aids,

namely the batching plant and

accommodation height.

“We were granted permission for

only single storey, cabins and the

silo for the batching plant had to be

laid horizontally.”

Due to the site’s close proximity

to the runway and taxiway (150m

and 10m respectively), the team

held weekly meetings with ATC to

discuss forthcoming operations in

detail and interaction with airfield


These discussions also included

feedback on operations from the

previous week, aircraft movements

and restrictions.

Samuel said: “In addition, we held

weekly coordination meetings with

the stakeholders from around the

base, including those directly and

indirectly affected by the project.”

Attendees consisted of

representatives from ATC, Flight

Comms, telecomms, maintenance,

electrical and security, as well as

the asset manager, station services

commander, dog section, Rolls

Royce, and the DIO site-based

Project Manager.

“This project was different to any

other project outside of an RAF

base, but fortunately I have had

nearly four years of experience in

working on RAF base construction

sites, all of which have been at Brize

Norton,” said Samuel.

Impressed with the exceptional and