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December 14th 2016

New cadet centre in Derby

Diggers moved on site earlier this month (December)

Diggers moved on site earlier this month (December)

Air cadets in Derby are set to have a new place to train, thanks to the creation of a new training facility in Alvaston.

126 (City of Derby) Squadron, Air Training Corps (ATC), is currently based on Curzon Lane in Alvaston, Derby and split their training evenings between dated modular buildings on the site.

However, work has begun this month (December) to create a modern training space that will include a number of classrooms, a drill hall, radio room and new kitchen and bathroom facilities.

The new building will be constructed on the same site the cadets currently use, and will see three 1970s modular buildings be demolished in stages to make room for the new structure.

The building project will take around seven months to complete, and will be ready for the ATC to use from autumn 2017.

The classroom being turned into a stores building

The classroom being turned into a stores building

During the construction works, the ATC will continue to parade at the same location as the building work will be phased, allowing the cadets to meet in some of the modular huts prior to demolition. This is to minimise disruption to the cadets training programme.

East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA), working with the Air Cadet Organisation, will be project managing the building works.

Derby Cadet Centre works begin Dec 16 (14)

Cadet Centre works begin

Martin Capewell, Head of Estates at East Midlands RFCA, said: “126 (City of Derby) Squadron are one of the largest cadet units in the East Midlands, attracting both young people and adult volunteers to train with them from around the area. In order to support the Squadron and create a training space that has longevity we are developing a modern building for the unit including flexible spaces that can be used for a variety of ATC activities. More than 100 cadets and 20 adult volunteers will be able to use the building at one time.

“After the completion of the new training centre, we hope then to refurbish the remaining two buildings on the site to include a shooting range and storage area.”

Squadron Leader Ian Marshall, a senior adult volunteer with 126 (City of Derby) Squadron, said: “The whole Squadron is very excited at the pace of development and the size of the build. The plans look amazing and all the cadets are excited to get into their new building and start training.”

“The whole Squadron is very excited at the pace of development and the size of the build. The plans look amazing and all the cadets are excited to get into their new building and start training.”