31 May 2017: RAF families benefit from new kitchens

We’ve recently completed a three month project to replace 79 old kitchens with brand new ones as part of a phased refurbishment project in the South East. Service families at RAF Medmenham, in Buckinghamshire, are now able to prepare family meals in a bright, modern and practical space after their homes were fitted with new units, worktops, sinks, taps and cookers – along with new electrical sockets and USB ports.

As well as benefitting from a new kitchen, the properties have also been fitted with updated smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, heat alarms and extractor fans. The outdated strip lighting has been replaced with spot lights and plinth heaters have been added to those kitchens without a radiator.

Each kitchen took between 10 and 12 days to replace, ensuring that families living in the properties experienced as little disruption as possible. The Station Commander paid regular visits to the project to follow progress and to speak to the occupants. He was delighted with the quality of the kitchens and the positive comments from the occupants.

Wing Commander David Riley was pleased with the works. He said, “The standard of work to upgrade the kitchens on the Medmenham patch, and the quality of finish, have really enhanced the properties and brought them right up to date. The kitchen upgrades have, without doubt, enhanced the quality of life for the occupants of those properties and the modern finish will be relevant for many years to come.”

Following completion of the project, the team volunteered to replace the small and tired kitchen in the Padre’s church and to lay new flooring in the Station Community Support Officer’s office who were both delighted with the results.