Estate Management

The Estate Management Department in the RFCA is responsible for running an estate of 400 buildings on 155 sites across the Region. As well as maintaining the infrastructure, the department provides the utilities, furnishings and, in the case of the Army Cadet Force, the vehicle fleet.

The overall business of the department has a capital value of £6 million and a revenue budget of £2 million per year.

The department’s seven members of staff are trained to high standards and work to all modern building practices. They also provide the Health and Safety at Work expertise across the RFCA.


East Midlands RFCA manages a vast estate of Army Reserve Centres and Cadet properties across the region, as well as partaking in new projects throughout the year to maintain and improve the estate.

Projects can include developing new buildings, completing internal or external repairs or refurbishments and completing general maintenance duties.

Here you can find out more about some of the projects undertaken in the last 12 months.

Sobraon Barracks, Lincoln

Our latest £1.6m building project, Sobraon Barracks is weeks away from completion. The project will provide additional facilities for 158 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, including new garages, vehicle maintenance areas and gymnasium. Creating these new facilities will help ensure reservists keep up to date with their trade training and will ensure the barracks are fit for the soldiers based there. 

We visited Sobraon Barracks to speak to Head of Estates, Martin Capewell about the project and some of the challenges the team have overcome:

Sobraon Barracks - construction update April 2021

Sobraon Barracks – construction update April 2021

The building contractors are Gelders Group, with Allan Joyce Architects the designers on the project.

The Contracts Manager for the project from Gelders commented: “We are very excited to be working with East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association to construct the new training centre and workshop building which will provide new amenities for the Barracks and all who use the facilities.”

Find out more about the Sobraon Barracks project.

Nottingham Airport Squadron HQ – RAF Air Cadets

Work has begun at Nottingham Airport for a state of the art headquarters for Tollerton RAF Air Cadets (2425 Nottingham Airport Squadron) and has an estimated completion date for late Autumn 2022. Tollerton Cadets hosted a ceremonial ground break to kick off the project.

Tollerton HQ collage

Tollerton HQ construction site

Kingsway Army Reserve Centre, Derby

Model of new Hinckley building

This project aims to adapt Kingsway Army Reserve Centre in order to make it suitable for 148 Field Company Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers.

It will see the creation of new garages and a new trade training area which will allow the reserves to keep up to date with their training requirements.