October 4th 2013

Constructing a Cadet centre for local young people

The main structural components of a new £6.2 million cadet training centre are being put in place this week, ahead of the facility opening to local cadet groups from summer 2014.

Construction%20starts%20at%20Yardley%20Chase%20siteCadets from Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland (LNR) Army Cadet Force (ACF) will soon have a range of new facilities to use including lecture rooms; office spaces; dining facilities; an indoor training area and indoor shooting range, thanks to funding provided by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) who are overseeing the project’s management locally.
The new Training Centre in Northamptonshire, known locally as Yardley Chase, will replace former Second World War facilities that have previously been used by local cadets for many years.
Martin Capewell, Head of Estates at East Midlands RFCA, said: “The project is running on time and I think everyone involved is looking forward to seeing the final buildings when they are complete.
“The project will last around 12 months in total and started in July this year. It took a while to get this project off the ground due to numerous historic setbacks, but we are now delighted to be pressing ahead with the works that will benefit cadets and adult volunteers from LNR ACF as well as the local community.”
Richard Breeze, Cadet Executive Officer from LNR ACF, said: “The new cadet training centre will be a great new facility for cadets and adult volunteers to use from Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland.  A lot of work has been put into this project to get this far and we are all looking forward to seeing the final buildings next year.”
DIO Project Manager Sid Goodall said: “We’re delighted that this exciting project is progressing as scheduled.”
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