The RFCA has completed a £130,000 upgrade of a training unit used by cadets from 168 (City of Leeds) Squadron Air Training Corps.
And now the squadron’s officer commanding Warrant Officer Kevin Stead, pictured left with the RFCA surveyor Ian Thompson, is looking forward to welcoming cadets new and old to the base.
Transform the Cadet Experience
“The redevelopment will make a huge difference to the squadron and really transform the experience of our cadets when they return,” said Warrant Officer Stead.
“Before the hut had seen better days. But now we have a brilliant central room which can be used as an indoor shooting range or partitioned to become two classrooms. We’ve also now got the brilliant storage space we need for all our musical and sports equipment. Another big bonus is the indoor lavatories we have – which means our cadets no longer have to use outdoor facilities.”
Happy for cadets
The project was paid for by the Air Training Corps with the work managed by the RFCA’s estates team who contracted a team of tradespeople to be on site at the start of 2021.
“We’re pleased we’ve been able to use the latest lockdown period to deliver such a big improvement for cadets in the region,” said Ian.
“We’re hoping the resumption of in-person training will go ahead smoothly and couldn’t be happier that Air Cadets in this part of Leeds will return to a unit which is now truly fit for the purpose it serves. “