About This Project

Frank Shaw has a strong reputation in the defence sector, with a design team experienced in providing the right balance of support for estates or infrastructure projects.


We have worked on complex projects for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation on behalf of the British and US Military.


Our projects include new builds, refurbishment and estates rationalisation, spanning training and administrative environments, aircraft and vehicle maintenance workshops, security, messes and specialist facilities. We have provided design support to Project Management teams delivering strategic framework projects across the UK and provided project delivery services for construction partners.

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RAF Molesworth

Intelligence Fusion Centre (IFC I + II)

Project manager’s team architect for this 6500m² intelligence analysis centre, which is NATO funded with significant requirements for SCIF secure areas.  The building connects with the existing building via a central ‘atrium space enabling multi-agency collaboration.


Modular Administration Facility (MAF)

Project manager’s team architect for this 10,000m² mission specific intelligence centre. The entire envelope of this two-storey building is designed to SCIF standards. The layout and specification was developed to accommodate the brief delivery via  a modular build.


Data Centre

A  new 600m² data centre plus associated site and services infrastructure for the American Intelligence Agency. Project manager’s team architect for this pilot scheme for a multi-site programme of centres.


RAF Halton

Catering Facility

The development was for the refurbishment and extension of Henderson Mess at RAF Halton to provide a modern Mess facility for the recruit population. English Heritage had an interest in the relationship of the Henderson Mess with the parade ground square. The project included a new dining hall and kitchens. The final design enabled catering for 1,000 recruits at a single sitting. The site was immediately adjacent to an Anglo Saxon Long Barrow; hence extensive liaison took place with English Heritage regarding the siting and design of the new build elements in relation to this ancient monument.


RAF Mildenhall

Base Chapel

Project Managers architect for refurbishment of the base chapel, including new glazing, lighting and internal finishes. The project also included the ‘community rooms’ associated with the complex.


Base entrance complex

Project Managers architect for redevelopment of the main entrance complex. This includes a new LVIS, Reception/Visitors Centre, entrance control and infrastructure work.


Dormitory Blocks

Fast track refurbishment project for two existing barrack blocks, completed at RAF Mildenhall. The commission was a design build contract with a value of approximately £3 million.


Youth Centre

Design build project for a new build youth centre. Completed on programme, the scheme provides a range of facilities including school rooms, gymnasium/sports hall and various activity rooms.


A/A operations support facility

A design and build bid for American Intelligence Agency Building, including a high degree of services co-ordination and construction co-ordination.


RAF Cranwell

Catering Facility

Project manager’s architect for refurbishment and redevelopment of the officers mess and dining facilities. The existing mess hall is a Grade II Listed building, hence the changes to the kitchens required close liaison with the LA conservation team


RAF Wittering

Catering Facility

Project manager’s architect for a Sergeants Mess and Kitchen redevelopment. The project included a temporary kitchen facility and re-planning of the existing kitchen and servery areas.


Pegasus Project

Project manager’s architect for the conversion of existing hangars and additional building for aircraft engine maintenance.


RAF Marham 

Hangars and Ground Support Facility

Project Manager’s architects for the refurbishment of 2 no. hangars and Armourment Ground Support Equipment Facility.


Joint Warehouse Facility

A new 6,000m² avionics warehouse and storage facility with a range of storage and retrieval systems to provide support to the base’s aircraft maintenance facilities.


Catering Facility

Sergeants Mess and SLA

Project Manager’s architect for new build scheme


RAF Brize Norton

Hangar 74

Project manager’s architect for the refurbishment/extension of existing Hangar 74 to provide stores and supply wing accommodation. Approximate value: £2 million.



Project manager’s architect for the design of a proposed new build accommodation to provide 120 JRSLA places.


Dental Unit

Project manager’s architect for the proposed new building to provide dental services adjacent to the recently completed medical facility.


RAF High Wycombe

Officers Accommodation

Project manager’s architect for a new build, 50 residential unit scheme.


Chetwynd Barracks  

MT Facility

Project manager’s architect for motor transport workshops and supporting facilities. Also included in the project are SLA, kitchen, offices and stores.


RAF Honington


Project manager’s architect for 72 bed new build JRSLA.


Rifle Range

Project manager’s architect for rifle range and supporting facilities.


MT facility

Project manager’s architect for new build mechanical transport facility, management offices and service building.


Junior And Senior Officer’s Accommodation

Project manager’s architect for new build 120 residential unit and refurbishment of existing quarters.


Carver Barracks 

MT facility

Project manager’s architect for motor transport workshops and supporting facilities.


Carver Barracks, NCO Mess

Project manager’s architect for new build / refurbished NCO mess and accommodation.


RAF Benson;  

Junior ranks single living accommodation (JRSLA)

Project manager’s architect for 68 bed new build JRSLA.