The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has completed essential improvements at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton and has handed over the station to the British Royal Navy.

Under the project, essential access to the sites from the public highway was improved.

The project included a new Fuel Bowser Vehicle Park aimed at minimising the potential risk of a fuel spillage from the fuel tankers.

The scope of the work also included restarting an existing gymnasium and enhancing electronic firing range.

Last week, the naval station was handed over to the Royal Navy, one month prior to the scheduled delivery date.

DIO senior project manager Simon Jones said: “DIO is proud to deliver this project at RNAS Yeovilton which has improved the infrastructure and buildings on the site.

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“We used our expertise throughout DIO along with our partners Mott Macdonald and Galliford Try Ltd to deliver this technically challenging project.

“The project team worked together collaboratively to overcome a range of construction challenges which required continual rescheduling and working in multiple areas simultaneously to complete the project ahead of schedule especially in these unprecedented times.”

To deliver the project as scheduled, new working practices were adapted by all partners. The health and safety of all staff was ensured as per the government and construction industry guidelines issued due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The work did not disrupt navy flying operations and was carried out in a way to ensure minimum disruptions were made to public highway.

Galliford Try Building South West area director Mark Wusthoff said: “The safe and successful completion of our works, ahead of schedule, against the backdrop of the pandemic, is testament to the collaborative approach employed between all parties.”