Demolition work has started at the Yardley Chase Cadet Training Centre in Northamptonshire to make way for a new £6.2 million build.
The new Army Cadet Force Training Centre will replace dilapidated former Second World War facilities which have been used by local cadets for many years. The new facilities will be used by up to 185 cadets and 45 adults at one time.
Martin Capewell, Head of Estates at Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, was on site when the demolition work began.
He said: “This is a really exciting time as both 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 building is going to be built to modern standards and with minimal impact on the surrounding environment.
It will be open in 2014, primarily for the use of cadets, but businesses and community organisations will also be able to book the venue.