A flying start for new centre

An artist's impression of how the new Army and Air Cadet building in Littletown will look
An artist's impression of how the new Army and Air Cadet building in Littletown will look
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BULLDOZERS have moved in to clear the way for a brand new purpose-built headquarters for Spen’s Army and Air Cadets.

The groups had shared the premises off Bradford Road in Littletown, but had long outgrown the 40-year old building which was never designed to house so many cadets.

The new brick-built centre will comfortably house the existing 55 cadets from both detachments, and allow further expansion in the future.

It will have a much larger drill hall, allowing the cadets to parade properly inside, plus additional classrooms and offices, and will enable them to experience a much fuller range of activities and training. This includes a flight simulator, rooms for computer equipment plus dedicated areas for project work.

Sgt Instructor Andrew Northrop, detachment commander for the Spen Valley Army Cadets, said: “Having the new centre will be like a breath of fresh air. Our training had always constrained by what have become quite cramped conditions in the building, but now we’ll be able to enjoy the full range of training and exercises, which I know will make a massive difference to everyone.”

Flight Lieut Kellyann Martin from the Spen Valley Air Cadets added: “All our cadets are very excited to see the new building.

“It wasn’t easy to offer them the quality of training and facilities that we aspire to while we were in the old building, but with this new purpose-built centre, it’ll mean we can provide a much better environment with a flight simulator room, more teaching rooms, a bigger drill hall. We just can’t wait to get in there!”

The new centre is due for completion by the end of August 2012 and has been designed, procured and project managed by the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association for Yorkshire and The Humber.