The main structure of a new £6.2 million cadet training centre in Northamptonshire is being put in place this week.
Yardley Chase, which will open to local cadet groups from summer 2014, will 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 training centre in Northamptonshire, known locally as Yardley Chase, will replace former World War Two facilities that have previously been used by Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland (LNR) Army Cadet Force (ACF) for many years.
Martin Capewell, of East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA), said: “The project is running on time and I think everyone involved is looking forward to seeing the final buildings when they are complete.
“The project will last around 12 months in total. It took a while to get this project off the ground due to numerous historic setbacks, but we are now delighted to be pressing ahead with the works that will benefit cadets and adult volunteers as well as the local community.”
Richard Breeze, cadet executive officer, said: “The new cadet training centre will be a great new facility for cadets and adult volunteers to use from Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland.
“A lot of work has been put into this project to get this far and we are all looking forward to seeing the final buildings next year.”
The centre is being built thanks to funding provided by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and East Midlands RFCA who are overseeing the project’s management locally.