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February 4th 2014

WORK IS PROGRESSING WELL ON NEW ROYAL NAVAL RESERVE BASE

Work is progressing well on a £1million renovation project in Nottingham that will see the county’s only Royal Naval Reserve unit rehomed.

The move will see HMS Sherwood being co-located with the Army Reserve at Foresters House, Swiney Way in Toton for the first time in the East Midlands.

Works on the site include a new two-storey building being developed to the rear of the land that was previously used as a garage space as well as internal renovation works to the current building to bring the facility up-to-date.

Foresters House has been home to 350 Field Squadron Royal Engineers since 1999. It is one of two Squadrons that together form 73 Engineer Regiment.

2014 will see 350 Field Squadron re-role from an Air Support role to an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and Search Squadron when it becomes part of 33 Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), one of two specialist Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiments in the Corps of Royal Engineers. The Squadron will continue to recruit from across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and will be the only Royal Engineer presence in Chesterfield after 2014.

Currently, both the Royal Naval and Royal Marines Reserves are based at Chalfont Drive in Nottingham which is unsuitable for the future training needs of its Reservists; but thanks to funding from Navy Command both units will be moving to a modern, shared military complex on the Foresters House site that will have much improved training facilities, modern office space and, importantly, room for expansion.

Commander Martin Clegg, HMS Sherwood’s Commanding Officer, explained why the move is positive, he said: “The new site’s location will make us much more visible to the local Nottingham population and it has good public transport links.  Most importantly it provides the extra space and up-to-date facilities we need to attract and train new recruits to the high standards required by the Royal Naval Reserves.”

Martin Capewell, Head of Estates at East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA), said: “Work is developing on site each day. So far we have reconfigured old classrooms in the main building into modern office spaces, renovated the Junior Ranks Mess’ and Sergeants Mess’.

“The old garage space is being transformed into a modern two storey building. The external walls are now in place, a lift is being installed later this month, a stair case is being put in place and the initial electrical and plumbing works are being completed. This is a really exciting project that will allow HMS Sherwood to be based in a modern training facility with improved office and training spaces – that will hopefully also aid their recruitment efforts.”

The building is due to be complete by 31 March 2014 and will be officially opened on 26 April with a Naval rededication parade being planned for this date.

John Martin Hoyes Ltd, of Lincoln, are the approved contractor completing the project, and are working alongside the building’s designers Maber Architects.

To find out more information about joining HMS Sherwood please call 0115 929 6373 or email navymr-sherwoodsm@mod.uk

For more information about 73 Engineer Regiment visit https://www.army.mod.uk/royalengineers/units/28728.aspx