American and British staff at RAF Mildenhall are enjoying a brighter working environment after one of the base’s wartime hangars received a £3.5 million revamp.
The work, undertaken by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) with industry partner Morgan Sindall, has transformed the 1936 structure into a brighter workspace for the 100th Refueling Wing Logistics Readiness Squadron and its Ministry of Defence colleagues.
Chris Shades, 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron logistics manager, said the revamped hangar is ‘like new’.
“Staff members who had worked in the facility before work was carried out were overwhelmed with the transformation and now enjoy a pleasant work place,” he said.
Structural works included repairing the hangar’s steel framework and replacing the original roof with a new insulated metal cladding system, complete with roof lights.
Large new double glazed windows provide plenty of natural light, reducing the reliance on electric lighting. and the heating systems in the workspace and annexes have been updated.
Inside the warren of brick-walled offices and temporary buildings has been cleared to make an open-plan warehouse, and a purpose-built workshop has also been fitted.
Mr Shades said: “Light and airy double glazed windows reduce noise and drafts, and the purpose-built woodwork shop is outstanding, providing a light and spacious environment for our staff.”
Morgan Sindall area director Gavin Napper said: “The hangar at RAF Mildenhall has undergone a true transformation.
“We’re delighted to have had the opportunity to deliver this important project in partnership with DIO and the American Forces.”