London Cadet Centers
Wernick Buildings have provided brand new Joint Cadet Centres with modern facilities for the Greater London Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (GLRFCA) in Twickenham and Sidcup.
Both local cadet units vacated what had become unsuitable accommodation and the new buildings aim to serve the needs of both Air Training Corps (ATC) and Army Cadet Force (ACF) organisations. The joint occupancy ATC and ACF accommodation was split to keep the organisations’ training requirements separate, and each modular building accommodates a total space which covers 280 square metres.
Designed to achieve high level BREEAM scores the buildings include sustainable features such as photovoltaic panels with internal inverters for electrical supply. The modular building design is to be used as a template for any new building that may be built in the future. For ease of maintenance a metro tile roof, and Duraclad timber effect cladding was also provided.
Both facilities house two secure stores to safely contain gun chests and the Twickenham centre even has a purpose built shooting range which required three metre deep excavations.
The official opening of the Twickenham centre in October attracted local MP Vince Cable who attended as guest of honour to unveil the new building.