We’re flying high with the RAF

We’ve earned our wings with work on an RAF monument to mark the long service of a jet used to fly Royalty.
It was an honour to be contracted by the RAF for the installation of the Hawker Siddeley 125 (HS125) aircraft at RAF Northolt in Middlesex.
The aeroplane was given pride of place as a gate guardian next to Spitfire and Hurricane fighters in recognition of the HS125 aircraft type’s service over the past 44 years.
Structural engineer Noor Awan, who led the project for us, said: “Any VIPs or Royalty flying from RAF Northolt in the future will see the monument as a lasting reminder to the aircraft’s proud service.
“It was unusual for us to be directly contracted by the RAF rather than through a prime contractor or third party so it made our involvement extra special.
“It was an honour to contribute to the success of the project and play our part in helping to preserve and display such an important part of the RAF’s heritage.”
We managed the project over a two-month period. Work on the monument included design, laying foundations, brickwork, lighting, arranging a commemorative plaque and site supervision.
Our staff James Bengree and Horace McAndrew also played key roles in the project.
We already have a strong track record in conservation work on such prestigious properties as Horseguards Parade, Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London.
The HS125 type aircraft, part of 32 Squadron at RAF Northolt, was withdrawn from military service in March of this year.
It was used to fly the Queen, Government Ministers and senior military officers after coming into service in April 1971.
HS125 aircraft also saw service in a communications role in many military operations, including both Gulf Wars, Afghanistan and Libya.
The aircraft at RAF Northolt – ZD621 – is the only HS125 retained by the RAF. It came into service in 1983 and amassed a total of 15,085 flight hours.
It was unveiled at a ceremony by outgoing Station Commander, Group Captain Andy Bacon.
RAF Northolt, near Ruislip and Uxbridge in West London, started life as an operational aerodrome in 1915 and was home to several fighter squadrons during the Battle of Britain.

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