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17 February, 2022 - 00:52 By Tony Quested

AECOM wings into £1.1bn RAF Lakenheath project

The Cambridge office of global infrastructure consulting firm AECOM has carved a slice of a c£1.1 billion capital infrastructure programme for United States Visiting Forces at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk. The office is to lead infrastructure support work under a new contract from the UK MoD.

Working for the MoD’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation AECOM will act as a delivery partner for the project.

The company is also seeking to recruit new hires for the office after swelling its Cambridge portfolio with a string of contracts of varying scale – embracing work for the University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke’s Hospital among many others.

The MoD appointment will initially last for five years and AECOM will provide a full range of programme and project management, cost management and multidisciplinary design, engineering and environmental services across the capital infrastructure programme portfolio.

AECOM director and East of England project management lead Andy Dunlop said: “Cambridge is a strategically important location for us, because of the wide range of work we undertake in and around the city. 

“This latest contract at RAF Lakenheath underlines why AECOM is such a unique company to work for. As a built environment professional you get to work on small and large projects and everything in between, gaining great experience working with fantastic local clients.

“Even before the pandemic, AECOM had already established its Freedom to Grow initiative, which builds a flexible working environment to provide employees with the support they need to do their best work, whether that is at home or in an office. 

“So, as more contracts come online, we’re hoping to attract more talent from the local area, with flexibility being one of the many benefits of working for AECOM.”

Opportunities coming up include new jobs from graduate and apprentice roles to senior levels in areas such as quantity surveying, cost management and project management.

Darren Carlile, head of National Security, AECOM UK&I, said about the Lakenheath appointment: “We have more than 60 years’ experience supporting military aviation infrastructure worldwide and more than 28 years of direct experience delivering mission critical project solutions to the USAFE and UK MOD.

“This new appointment enhances our strong standing in the defence sector. 
“We very much look forward to working in collaboration with the DIO and USVF delivering next generation military capabilities, leveraging our global breadth and depth of programme, project/cost management and multi-disciplinary design and engineering expertise.”

AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $13.3 billion in fiscal year 2021.

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