The UK Royal Navy has announced an £11m investment to build a new facility especially for reservists in Cardiff Bay, Wales.
The new facility, plans of which have been submitted, will serve as a modern 21st century training centre for the Royal Marine Reserve (RMR), Royal Naval Reserve (RNR), and the University Royal Naval Unit (URNU).
RNR unit HMS Cambria commanding officer Commander Steve Fry said: “This significant investment by the Royal Navy in Wales will provide great opportunities for our reservists and for anyone wishing to be part of the Reserve Forces.
“The site is the perfect location to meet our requirements and gives us real potential to grow and thrive.”
Expected to be completed by 2019, the project will be carried out jointly by the Reserve Forces’ & Cadets’ Association for Wales (RFCA) and the Royal Navy and Associated British Ports (ABP).
Once developed, the training establishment will be able to meet the aspirations of the country’s Reserves Forces over the next 50 years.
ABP chief executive James Cooper said: “ABP's Port of Cardiff has a long association with the Royal Navy and we are proud to be chosen to develop a facility that will play such a vital role in the service's future.
“The port and its customers play a significant role in the regional economy, supporting 2,000 jobs, and there is considerable room for expansion.”
Work on the new building is scheduled to commence next year.
The establishment will offer the latest training and classroom suites, administrative services, shared accommodation, and social as well as fitness facilities for three naval units, the RMR Cardiff Detachment, the RNR Unit HMS Cambria and the Wales URNU.
The building will also have access to the Waterfront and docking facilities for visiting warships.
Image: Royal Naval Reserve Unit HMS Cambria. Photo: courtesy of Royal Navy.