June 19, 2020 10.21 am This story is over 41 months old

RAF Waddington set for expansion to host new aircraft

Two new aircraft and the Reds moving at the base

RAF Waddington is set for a massive new expansion and upgrade as part of plans to host two new aircraft types from 2022.

Environmental Impact Assessment documents submitted to North Kesteven District Council by the RAF, the Ministry of Defence and Boeing Defence, say current buildings and infrastructure are “unable to meet the future requirements” for the new aircraft.

The new aircraft will replace aircraft currently stationed at RAF Waddington which are retiring after nearly 40 years in action.

The station is soon set to take on the Red Arrows team following the closure of RAF Scampton.

They are looking to build a new facility which will see existing facilities demolished and replaced and will include new hangars, parking and runway and accommodation for around 1,000 people – three squadrons – to support the aircraft.

How the RAF site could be laid out in the new plans.

Among the buildings to be demolished will be the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance’s former HQ. The charity has already started building a new centre at the edge of the base.

Bosses say the new facilities will see around 240 additional personnel operating at the site.

The two new buildings – linked by a shared entrance – will total around 65,500 square metres and built over two, possibly three, floors.

They are likely to include:

  • Aircraft hangarage including repair and maintenance workshops
  • Offices
  • Various, training, briefing, interview and planning rooms
  • Classrooms
  • Staff welfare space including restrooms, shower and locker rooms
  • Bunk rooms
  • Operations Centre
  • Mission Simulator rooms
  • Restaurant, including kitchens

The station’s existing taxiway will also be upgraded to accommodate the new aircraft while around 428 new car parking spaces are planned to be created.

A new access road is planned off the A15 Sleaford Road.