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October 17th 2014

£7.2 MILLION CADET TRAINING CENTRE OPENS IN NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

A new £7.2 million Cadet Training Centre is set to be officially opened in Northamptonshire on Saturday 25 October.

Yardley Chase Cadet Training Centre, on Denton Road, Horton, Northamptonshire, has been built over the last 13-months replacing a number of former Second World War buildings that had been used by Army Cadets for many years.

The new training facility is set to be used primarily by Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Army Cadet Force (LNR ACF) although other Cadet and youth organisations, community-based projects and local businesses will be able to hire the facility.

Martin Capewell, Head of Estates at East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) has project managed the build. He said: “The new centre will benefit many young people and adult volunteers as it houses a range of classrooms, a drill hall, indoor range, dining hall and new accommodation.

“East Midlands RFCA is delighted that this project is being officially opened and can start to be enjoyed by the Cadets and their adult volunteers. We feel honoured to have been involved in one of the largest Cadet Investment Projects in recent times.”

This building project was made possible thanks to funding from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) who have also overseen the buildings development from start to finish by providing a Senior Requirements Manager.

Colonel Phil Watson, Commandant at LNR ACF, said: “I am confident that these new facilities will be enjoyed by the region’s young people for many years to come. The new facilities are critical for Cadet activities locally and show that Cadet Forces are being financially supported and invested in from a high level. We really appreciate the new building and cannot wait to get into the centre and use the facilities for the first time.”

Sid Goodall, Senior Requirements Manager at DIO, said: “The modern building is a fantastic asset to Cadets in the East Midlands.  The building has been constructed using environmentally friendly materials where possible.  We have installed Photo Voltaic Cells on the roof to generate electricity which will be used by the Cadet centre during occupation and surplus electricity will be exported to the national grid especially during periods when the Cadet centre is not occupied.

“We have also installed an air source pump heating system to reduce our reliance on carbon fuels and installed nesting boxes and other ecology measures to allow the nesting birds to return each year.”

A number of local Cadet organisations will be at the opening event on 25 October showcasing a range of activities that guests can both see and get involved in.

The building was designed by Maber Architects and GF Tomlinson was employed as the lead contractor to construct the buildings.

LNR ACF are recruiting now, to find out more visit www.armycadets.com or call 0116 2779701.