After an intensive preliminary process of more than a year, the Ministry of Defence awarded this Design-Build-Maintain contract to Jan De Nul. The total value of the study, construction and maintenance is EUR 650 million, excluding VAT.
Safe and efficient
Jan De Nul will build two identical air force bases to house and support the new high-tech F-35 aircraft, one in Florennes and one in Kleine-Brogel. Together with the American engineering firm Burns & McDonnell and Arcadis Belgium, Jan De Nul worked out a design that is architecturally attractive as well as extremely functional. Efficient use and the safety of personnel were key from the design phase onwards. That is why Jan De Nul only works with companies that have a solid knowledge of the military workspace, which is an approach that the Ministry of Defence certainly appreciated.
Both in design and during construction, the CO2 footprint is kept as low as possible. The new buildings are heated and cooled in a 100% sustainable way. Solar panels will provide as much of their own electricity as possible.
The first base in Florennes will be completed in just under three years. Two years after Florennes, the construction of the base in Kleine-Brogel will be kicked off, in order to keep the impact on the military operations at both bases under control.
Apart from the design and construction of the infrastructure, Jan De Nul is also responsible for the technical maintenance of both bases until 2037.
The F-35-complex in Florennes and Kleine-Brogel
The bases will consist of four large sections:
- The administrative part includes, besides office and meeting rooms, all infrastructure for personnel with showers, a cafeteria, coffee corners, etc.
- The logistics part includes a storage area for spare parts and an infrastructure for maintenance of the F-35A. This consists of six maintenance docks and several workshops.
- The Special Access Program Facility (SAPF) is the most secure part of the F-35 complex. Four flight simulators will be available here and the training and operations are planned here as well. This part of the infrastructure must meet the high US security standards and specific technical requirements.
- The 'flightline' of the complex provides space for sixteen Flightline Aircraft Shelters (FAS), where the fighters can be housed in a secure environment for maintenance.
This substantial investment confirms Belgium's ambitions as a NATO home base. A solid foundation to build the operational knowledge and expertise of Defence for the next 40 years.