MTA consortium appointed as delivery partner for US Visiting Forces

A consortium of Mace, Turner & Townsend and Atkins (MTA) has been appointed as delivery partner by the MOD’s Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) on the US Visiting Forces Infrastructure Programme at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire and RAF Menwith Hill in North Yorkshire.

The MTA consortium, led by Mace Consult alongside equal partners Turner & Townsend and Atkins, will provide multidisciplinary services to support the delivery of infrastructure upgrades at UK armed forces bases used by the United States Visiting Forces (USVF).

The USVF Infrastructure Programme is a long-term strategy to maintain and develop the infrastructure at RAF Fairford and Menwith Hill by upgrading existing facilities and building new ones. The programme will support the US Visiting Forces in Europe, including service personnel and their families.

Together, the MTA consortium will operate at the highest levels of safety, security and quality to deliver programme and project management and commercial and design services to support programme delivery.

MTA’s appointment builds on a long-term, successful partnership across other DIO programmes, including as the client-side partner on the ongoing Defence Estate Optimisation programme, which supports the transformation of places where the Armed Forces live, work, train and deploy.

Patricia Moore, UK Managing Director, said:

“Our work as equal partners with Mace Consult and Atkins on the US Visiting Forces Infrastructure Programme will ensure US forces are supported by the world-class infrastructure required to underpin their strategic relationships, both in the UK and across Europe.

“This appointment is just the latest milestone in our longstanding partnership with DIO, reflecting our reputation for excellence in the planning and execution of programmes that maintain the UK’s world leading defence capability. We look forward to working with our consortium partners to secure the long-term success of the USVF in the UK."

Jason Millett, CEO for Consult at Mace, said:


“Building on our work with DIO, we are delighted to be appointed alongside our MTA partners to drive forward the delivery of the US Visiting Forces Infrastructure Programme. This will play a vital part in transforming the defence estate to meet the modern needs of the US military operating from UK Armed Forces bases, delivering world class facilities for both.

“Established in 2016, Mace’s Defence consultancy has grown from strength-to-strength and is now an industry renowned and trusted delivery partner. Working across the sector, Mace will continue to apply both insight and world-class experience so that we can deliver successful outcomes for all of our clients on complex projects, safely and securely - all whilst providing distinctive value.”

Andrew Albutt, National Head of Defence UK&E at Atkins, said:


“Atkins has a proud track record operating in the defence sector and the US Visiting Forces Infrastructure Programme is another great opportunity to demonstrate our expertise in this area, in order to support DIO.

“By using our broad international experience, we are able to bring new approaches to client challenges that provide improved insight to deliver better outcomes. We’re looking forward to starting work on this project to  support DIO in the delivery of the USVF Infrastructure Programme, for these key UK facilities.”

Steve Rix, DIO Programme Director, said:

“I am pleased to welcome our Delivery Partners to the DIO USVF Infrastructure Programme team and look forward to working with them to ensure we continue to support our USVF customers’ needs, enabling them to execute missions from their bases in the UK.”

The contract will run for five years, with options to extend for up to three further years.

For further information contact:

Ben Steele
Senior Communications Manager

t: +44 (0)20 7544 4553