Construction completed on British Royal Navy’s new Welsh headquarters

20 September 2019 (Last Updated September 20th, 2019 09:57)

The British Royal Navy has completed the construction of the Royal Naval Reserve Wales building in Cardiff Bay.

Construction completed on British Royal Navy’s new Welsh headquarters
The topping out ceremony for the Royal Navy’s new facility, HMS Cambria, has taken place. Credit: ©2019 by Adrian White Photography, all rights reserved.

The British Royal Navy has completed the construction of the Royal Naval Reserve Wales building in Cardiff Bay.

The completion of the HMS Cambria facility was marked with a ‘topping out’ ceremony, which was performed by construction company Morgan Sindall and the Royal Navy.

The £11m building is the navy’s new Welsh headquarters and will serve as a focal point for the service in the region.

The project involved the transformation of the former industrial site in Sully into a home for HMS Cambria, which will serve the Royal Navy, the Royal Naval Reserve and Wales University Royal Naval Unit.

Cambria features classrooms, administrative facilities and accommodation for up to 50 members to support training.

Other infrastructure in the building includes an armoury and an external rope training area, as well as a parade square.

Maritime Reserves commander Commodore Martin Quinn said: “This building is a major investment and represents a big step in relationships with Wales and Cardiff, as well as the close affinity that the Maritime Reserves has with the community it serves.

“It is an enormous pleasure to be able to represent the Royal Navy today and in particular the Maritime Reserves who will be soon operating from this new Reserve Unit.

“I’d like to thank Morgan Sindall as the main contractor, ABP for the land lease and RFCA Wales for their efforts in achieving this point in the building of the New HMS Cambria in the Heart of Cardiff.”

The frame of the new headquarters was completed in April this year.