Revamp of Clare Street Army Reserve Centre ‘on-track’, says cadets association

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Renovation works are continuing at Clare Street Army Reserve Centre in Northampton to ‘make over’ the building’s interior to bring it in-line with other modern training facilities around the East Midlands.

Clare Street Army Reserve Centre, which is a Grade II listed building, is home to both HQ 104 Battalion and 118 Recovery Company, both of which are part of the British Army’s Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers (REME).

Clare Street Army Reserve Centre

Clare Street Army Reserve Centre

East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) is project managing all of the restoration works.

Internal refurbishments completed to date include new male and female bathroom facilities; new recruiting spaces; modern classrooms and offices; redecorating the Officers Mess; inserting a new staircase and opening up some of the ceiling space to allow more natural light in to the building.

Works are still developing to renovate the building’s training hall that will see the current uneven drill hall floor, which was originally laid in the 1960s, be replaced with a new floor as well as there being plans to open up the ceiling space to reveal some of the building’s original beams.

Martin Capewell, head of estates at East Midlands RFCA, said: “It is really important that all of the soldiers who train at the Army Reserve Centre have modern training facilities that can be utilised as needed. I am delighted with the standard of works completed so far and am confident that the new renovated spaces will be used for formal training activities and social functions for years to come.

“Works in the training hall are currently running on time and should be complete by autumn this year.”