Work to start on new £6.2m cadet centre

Demolition work begins at Yardley Chase
Demolition work begins at Yardley Chase

Demolition work has started at Yardley Chase Cadet Training Centre in the county to make way for a new £6.2m building.

The new Army Cadet Force (ACF) training centre will replace dilapidated former Second World War facilities that have been used by local cadets for many years.

East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA), contractors GF Tomlinson and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation are providing the new facilities that will be used by up to 185 cadets and 45 adults at a time.

Martin Capewell, head of estates at East Midlands RFCA, said: “This is a really exciting time for Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland as both their cadets and adult volunteers 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.”

The new will be built to modern standards and with minimal impact on the surrounding environment. It is due to open in 2014.