NEWS

JUNE 28TH 2017

Air cadets get new home in Derby

Work is continuing at Derby Cadet Centre

Work is continuing to construct the new cadet centre

Work is progressing to construct a new home for Air Cadets in Alvaston.

The centre on Curzon Lane will be used by 126 (City of Derby) Squadron (Sqn), Air Training Corps, and will replace the cadets’ former training facility that was no longer fit for purpose.

The structural frame is now in place, and the project is well on its way to completion.

Contractors are now installing electrical and heating components into the building.

Building a new Cadet Centre in Derby

Building a new Cadet Centre in Derby

Work began on site in December last year to create a modern training centre that will include classrooms, a drill hall and radio room.

During the construction the cadets are continuing to parade on the same site in modular huts prior to these structures also being demolished.

East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) are project managing the works. Martin Capewell, Head of Estates at East Midlands RFCA, said: “The development is progressing as planned on site and we are on target to complete the building in autumn this year.

Drill hall at Derby Cadet Centre

New drill hall at Derby Cadet Centre

“When complete the centre can be used by more than 100 cadets and 20 adult volunteers at any one time. 126 (City of Derby) Sqn are one of the largest cadet units in the region so we wanted to create a training space that can be used for a variety of activities for many years to come.”

Sqn Leader Ian Marshall MBE, Officer Commanding of 126 (City of Derby) Sqn, said: “I look at the new HQ build with disbelief in what we are actually getting. It is amazing and we are eagerly looking forward to starting work with the opportunities the new build will bring.”

“The development is progressing as planned on site and we are on target to complete the building in autumn this year."