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.

Projects

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.

Joint Cadet Training Centre, Brunel Road, Hinckley

Hinckley Joint Cadet Centre.

Hinckley Joint Cadet Centre.

A state of the art cadet training facility has been developed in Hinckley it will be used by both the Air Training Corps Squadron and the Army Cadet Force Detachment in the town.

The new centre has modern facilities that aim to enhance the cadet experience including classrooms, a radio room and an indoor 0.22 rifle range.

It was officially opened in March 2018 by Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty CBE and Brigadier Matthew Lowe MBE.

Model of new Hinckley building

A model of the new facilities at Kingsway

Kingsway Army Reserve Centre, Derby

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.

This project is currently in the feasibility stages but it is hoped that it will progress in early 2019.

Alvaston Cadet Centre, Curzon Lane, Derby

Building a new Cadet Centre in Derby

The new Cadet Centre in Derby

126 (City of Derby) Squadron has a new training facility which replaces the 1970s modular buildings that the squadron was using.

The building is purpose built for the squadron and features a radio room, modern classrooms and a drill hall which can fit all 130 cadets who parade there.

The centre was officially opened by Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty CBE at a ceremony in May 2018.

Sobraon Barracks, Lincoln

Sobraon Barracks design plan

Sobraon Barracks design plan

Work is well underway on the £1.6m building project at Sobraon Barracks and has a completion date of March 2021. The project will provide additional facilities for 158 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, including new garages, vehicle maintenance areas and gymnasium.

Sobraon Barracks progress

Sobraon Barracks progress

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.

Sobraon Barracks Progress

Sobraon Barracks progress 2

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.”