Major demolition work has been completed at Kinmel Camp in North Wales – clearing the way for a new joint training facility for Reserves and Cadets in the region.
The flattening of two large World War One Spyder blocks was carried out between January and April and continues the momentum of the project, leaving the ground clear for phase two of the development of the site at Bodelwyddan near Rhyl.
Under phase one, a new administrative building (below) for C Detachment of 203 (Welsh) Field Hospital and HQ for Clwyd and Gwynedd Army Cadet Force (ACF) was built comprising new offices, stores and briefing room.
The two demolished blocks Spyders numbers 8 and 9 consisted of a total of 16 wooden buildings – with each having a central body with three legs – hence the name Spyders.
These buildings, along with much of the camp originally date back to World War One when it was used as a training camp, and have not been used for nearly 20 years.
The project is being managed by the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales, and marks a significant investment in facilities for Reserves and Cadets in North Wales.
Colonel Nick Beard, Chief Executive of RFCA for Wales, said: “As the enabling voice for Reserves and Cadets in Wales, we are delighted that this demolition work – which is a major step forward in the rejuvenation of Kinmel Camp – has been completed.
“The next challenge will be to secure the funds to commence initial designs and seek planning permission. Our vision is to build a modern training facility with accommodation that will meet the needs of Reserves and Cadets in the 21st Century.”
RFCA for Wales provides the Estate where Reserves and Cadets work and train that allows them to unlock their potential. This includes building and maintaining the training centres where they learn new skills and gain new qualifications.
There are 2,200 Reservists in Wales, who are valued members of the Defence family. C Detachment of 203 (Welsh) Field Hospital use their transferable skills in their military and civilian careers, dedicating a minimum of 27 days a year to service.
There are more than 600 cadets with Clwyd and Gwynedd ACF and they’re spread across more than 30 detachments covering the length and breadth of North Wales.
By combining youth work and military themed training, Cadets grow through life changing experiences and community-based activities. It provides young people with opportunities to gain personal and practical skills to use in their everyday lives, and prepares them to take their place in society as responsible adults.