NEW RAF & FLEET AIR ARM, (FAA), HERITAGE CENTRE
RAF Lossiemouth is the home of 1,2 and 6 Squadrons, flying Typhoons and 5 Force Protection Wing, comprising 51 Squadron RAF Regiment and 2622(Highland) Squadron RAuxAF. 120 Squadron is the first of 2 Maritime Squadrons and is due to receive the first of its Poseidon P8A aircraft in early 2020. 201 Squadron will be the second Maritime Squadron. In addition, Engineering & Logistics Wing, Base Support Wing and Operations Wing all support the flying activities at RAF Lossiemouth.
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Since 1999 the people of Lossiemouth had been working towards the development/provision of an aircraft viewing and interpretive facility. When the Lighthouse was decommissioned in 2012 and put on the market, the people of Lossiemouth realised this was an opportunity not only to save the lighthouse but to provide a site for viewing the activities on the airbase and aircraft coming in to land. The space for interpretation at the lighthouse is very limited so it has been decided to build a new facility on the adjoining land.
LATEST PROGRESS AT THE NEW CENTRE
Erection of the building is complete and currently awaiting final Building.Control Certification.
We hope to open very shortly.
As there is very limited space at the Covesea Lighthouse Community Company Ltd. (CLCCL) sought to purchase the land adjacent to the lighthouse not only to provide an education and heritage centre that could accommodate larger groups, especially school groups, but to reunite the old Steading and Well that once played an important part in the life of the lighthouse keepers. It was the initial intention of CLCCL to redevelop the old Steading as our education and heritage centre, but due to the historic provenance of the Steading and the adjacent Well this would not have been desirable nor would it have been permitted. The Steading and Well were designed by Alan Stevenson, built in 1846 and are still in their original state.
We were successful in accessing funding through the Community Covenant Fund that has enabled us to purchase the ground and buildings and with the help of other grants and our own fundraising now started to build a new RAF & FAA Heritage Centre. This building should be completed by September 2015.
NEW CENTRE PLAN
NEW CENTRE SITE PLAN
The lighthouse tower provides unparalleled views over the nearby RAF Station at Lossiemouth and the Community Company enjoys a close working relationship with the Base.