Our Estate comprises of 198 sites across 6 counties
Nationally, the 13 RFCAs are responsible for the upkeep and development of some 350 Army Reserve Forces’ sites and 2,300 cadet sites on behalf of the Ministry of Defence.
In East Anglia, the estate comprises 14 Army Reserve Centres (ARC) and over 175 Cadet sites, including 27 Joint Cadet Centres, shared by the ACF and the ATC, and 4 Cadet Training Centres, complete with accommodation for up to 153 people, indoor and outdoor training facilities and wifi.
This impressive portfolio of properties provides the vital footprint for all Army Reserve and Cadet activity in the region.
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We are responsible for these Army Reserve and Cadet Centres on behalf of the Ministry of Defence.
The Estates department is responsible for the upkeep, maintenance and management of the Army Reserves and Cadet buildings in East Anglia.
The majority of the RFCA’s financial resources are for estate management. In this area, we draw on our in-depth knowledge of the facilities and how they are used, to deliver highly cost effective maintenance and development projects.
Of primary importance is ensuring every site meets the required legal standard, ensuring that all sites are kept in good condition, fit for purpose and secure.
We’re also responsible for ensuring Cadet Huts, Army Reserve and Cadet Centres are placed strategically throughout the region. This rationalisation of the estate balances population density with available funding and the desire to provide attractive facilities for Cadets, Instructors and Reservists.
The Estates department
The Estates department works closely with approved contractors and consultants to provide a professional & cost effective service on behalf of the Ministry of Defence.
The small team of experienced and professionally qualified staff provide a complete maintenance and management service to the customers that occupy the 150+ individual locations.
Estate & Supplies services
Estate services include:
- Statutory and mandatory annual inspections.
- Essential maintenance and repair.
- Lease negotiations and assessments.
- Health and safety compliance of all assets.
- Associated audit assurance.
The Supplies team is responsible for utilities and energy management & billing, ground maintenance, window cleaning and waste disposal. Association vehicles are also sourced via the Supplies team.
The Estates team is responsible for project management of new builds and major developments, tendering and contract management, disposal of sites, and furnishings.
Did you know?
The Directorate of Infrastructure Army HQ provided funding for nine adaptations to living accommodation for injured service personnel in 2015. We installed step-free access and wet room conversion for injured service personnel on behalf of the Ministry of Defence.
Our recent work:
We have designed and project managed multi-million pound rebuilds and full refurbishments of both Reserve and Cadet locations.
In 2015, we completed refurbishment of cadet sites such as Ampthill, Bedford, Dereham, Haverhill, Hoddesdon, Leiston and Manningtree, so the cadets can train in fit for purpose and secure surroundings. All our CCF armouries have been upgraded. All our Army Reserve Centres have also received Gate upgrades to improve security and ease of access, from receiving Betterment Funds under FR20(A). 15 sites now have automatic gates.
All of our sites are available for hire.
Army Reserve Centres and Cadet buildings may have classrooms, function rooms or shooting ranges available for hire.
Many sites include excellent facilities, ample parking, wifi and AV equipment.
Revenue is reinvested into the estate, with a proportion going directly to the unit operating from the hired site.
Booking is easy and rates are competitive.
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