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RAF Waddington refueling yard

RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire is one of the RAF’s busiest stations and is the hub of UK Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance.

As a trusted supplier to the Ministry of Defence, Minster Group was hired to replace the stations 8,000m² tanker refuelling yard – Minster’s single largest contract to date.

Together, Minster Surfacing and Alliance Recycling used state of the art technology to ensure more than 6,000 tonnes of the old concrete surface was recycled instead of being sent to landfill. This dramatically reduced the environmental impact of the work.

The new refuelling yard needed to conform to important safety guidelines with appropriate drainage and the surface needed to be durable to endure traffic from heavy vehicles and tankers and textured to provide grip in all weather conditions. The surface also needed to be resistant to contaminants from spillages.

The Ministry of Defense was impressed by Minster’s innovative, green approach which saved the MoD time and money, while avoiding disruption to RAF activity at the station.

The work was completed in time for the 100th anniversary of RAF Waddington and for the 100th anniversary of the RAF, helping to ensure the station remains at the forefront of Britain’s armed forces as it begins its second century in service.

“Working for the MoD is always an honour, but this is something we are really pleased with. Not only have we saved the RAF money, we’ve also helped them cut their impact on the environment by reducing the carbon footprint of the work.

“It’s not every day you get to work an RAF station. I remember coming here as a boy to see the aircraft flying overhead, so repairing such a big part of it for the 100th anniversary was a dream come true.”

Bruce Spencer-Knott, Managing Director of Minster Group

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