RAF Valley – M&E for new high-fidelity flight simulator
Client: MOD/Kier Project: RAF Valley Project Value: £2.2m Project Scope: M&E Services Project Manager: Ron Tierney
Kimpton have completed the £2.2M mechanical and electrical services for the construction of new training facilities at RAF Valley in Anglesey. These were created as part of a £175M investment in the basic flying training operation within the UK military flying training system.
RAF Valley delivers the second phase of training for pilots. Before they arrive at Valley, they start with elementary flying training, progressing onto Basic flying training, using Texan T1 turbo props, before arriving there to begin training for the Hawk T2 Jet Trainer.
This new development will create a new home for a new high-fidelity flight simulator and additional space for mission planning systems. It will be the most advanced flight simulator within the MOD.
The new simulator requires serious computing power and an uninterruptible power supply, which in turn requires serious cooling for the new plant.
In addition to the new simulator, there are new changing and showering facilities for students and staff along with mission planning and classroom style spaces that require ventilation, lighting and data throughout.
There is also fire protection throughout the development and it’s all managed by a BMS system within a new plant room. This contains the new boiler plant, hot water heater, expansion vessel and pump sets.
The project was managed by Kimpton with Ron Tierney on the Mechanical side and Greg Percival on the electrical. It was our second project for Kier, after Queensferry PRU which won a Kier Supply Chain Strategic Partner Award.
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