Work is underway on top-of-the-range Air Cadet centre


Army and Air Cadets from across Plymouth are set to move into a new home at Marine Academy Plymouth later this year, as construction on a modern centre got underway this month.


Morgan Sindall plc has been appointed to construct a new Cadet Centre at Marine Academy Plymouth for local cadets.

The new centre is being constructed for the Wessex Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association and will see the project team construct two new buildings which will house the cadets’ new headquarters.

One of the buildings will provide cadet accommodation, training hall, classrooms, storage areas, offices and toilet facilities and the other to provide a four lane dedicated rifle range.

The scheme, which has been designed by Mitchell Architects, is due to be delivered in October.

Flight Lieutenant Shaun Adam, the commanding officer of the squadron, said: “Staff and Cadets of 2171 (West Plymouth) Squadron Air Training Corps are looking forward to the completion of the new Cadet Centre at Marine Academy Plymouth. This new headquarters will give us more space and much better facilities than our existing HQ. The modern building will enable us to enhance the Cadet training experience offered.

“Marine Academy Plymouth have welcomed us to the site and we are very grateful to them for allowing us to meet in the school hall on a Tuesday evening from 19:00 (during term time) until our new HQ is completed.  This has enabled us to start recruiting locally and build relationships with the community.

“This is a major milestone in the Squadron’s history, we have been based at Stoke Damerel (formerly Penlee) School for over 50 years. We are pleased that Morgan Sindall are allowing us to engage with them and follow the project so closely.”

Chris Spear, area director at Morgan Sindall, said: “We’re delighted to be making progress on this scheme which will provide the Wessex cadets and reserve forces with a great, updated facility from which to base their operations.

“This is a great project to be involved with and we’re looking forward to delivering a fantastic new base for this great group of youngsters who have such a positive impact and play a valuable role in our local community.”

Brigadier Tony Dalby-Welsh, Chief Executive of Wessex Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association, said: “We are delighted to be able to provide this much needed new facility for the Cadets in this area. The development will ensure that young people in the local community will continue to be able to access the opportunities, challenges, skills and qualifications the Cadets has to offer.

“Once open, the facility will be an asset to the wider community as it will be available for hire by civilian organisations and local people under our Alternative Venues scheme.”


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