A major milestone in the re-location of HMS Cambria to Cardiff Bay has taken a step forward with the handing over of the building to the MOD.
The keys to the almost completed brand new £11m bespoke facility for Royal Naval Reservists were handed over in a ceremony on February 18, when executives from Associated British Ports (ABP), the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales, their construction contractors Morgan Sindall and the Royal Navy, were treated to a glimpse inside.
Final checks are now due to be made along with the arrival of furniture and office equipment, which will fill the rooms and training spaces, before the Ship’s company from Wales’s only Naval Reserve unit, HMS Cambria, Royal Marines Reserves Cardiff and personnel from Wales’ University Royal Naval Unit, move in.
On hand to accept the building from Morgan Sindall was Captain Mark Wyatt of the Royal Navy and Colonel Nick Beard from RFCA, along with Andrew Paynter and Rhys Morgan representing ABP, and Mark Stephens from Morgan Sindall.
“I’d like to say a big thank you very much to everyone involved for all their hard work, this building will make a huge difference for the Royal Navy in Wales, said Captain Mark Wyatt, from Navy Infra Capability Manager Reserves.
“It has been a team effort from ABP, Morgan Sindall, the Royal Navy and Wales RFCA. The next challenge is to get the building ready for when the Royal Navy move in May, and it certainly will be one of the crown jewels in the Defence Estate.”
Colonel Nick Beard TD DL, Chief Executive of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales, said;
“As the enabling force for the reserves and cadets in Wales, we are delighted that the new building has been completed on time and on budget.
“RFCA for Wales’s attention will now focus on the fitting out ready for the users to occupy in the early summer. It is expected that personnel from HMS Cambria, Wales University Royal Naval Unit and Cardiff Royal Marines will move from Sully and central Cardiff into this magnificent new facility by the end of May.”
Reservists will have access to state-of-the-art classroom suites, shared accommodation facilities, administrative services, as well as social and fitness centres all under one roof.
The project is being delivered by the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales in partnership with the Royal Navy and Associated British Ports (ABP), who have offered the Navy a long term lease on the waterfront site in Cardiff Bay.