1 September 2014
A £7million Cadet Training Centre is set to be handed over to Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland (LNR) Army Cadet Force (ACF) in September this year.
The new facility has replaced dilapidated former Second World War buildings that were previously used by Cadets for many years.
Yardley Chase Cadet Training Centre is situated in south Northamptonshire and includes a 0.22 indoor range; lecture rooms and a training hall fully wired for audio visual use; dining room; medical room and overnight accommodation for 180 Cadets and 45 adult volunteers from LNR ACF.
Although primarily for the use of LNR ACF, the centre can also be used by other youth groups and external organisations if booked in advance.
Works started on site around 12 months ago, thanks to Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) funding with East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) project managing the new-build, the consultation process and contractor selection.
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Breeze, Cadet Executive Officer at LNR ACF, said: "This is a long awaited and much appreciated project that will become a great focal point for LNR’s training events. The Cadet Training Centre confirms the Ministry of Defence’s commitment to the ACF and will provide us with a new location to conduct a variety of adventure and military based activities.
"The centre is more than bricks and mortar to us, a lot of hard work has been put into this project over the last 10 years by many individuals so it is excellent to see it come into fruition."
Martin Capewell, Head of Estates at East Midlands RFCA, said: "This has been one of the largest projects ever undertaken by East Midlands RFCA. Despite some of the worst winter weather for many years, which at times made the site resemble a mud bath, I am pleased that there have been few delays in the construction of this desperately needed training facility for our young people."
An official opening event is set to be held on 25 October with Cadets showcasing a variety of activities and skills for invited guests.
The training centre has been designed by Maber Architects and GF Tomlinson is the project’s lead contractor to construct the facilities.