£1.3m Dingwall project taking shape

July 10, 2024
The Dingwall Joint Cadet Centre extension.

The new extension (pictured, above) at the Joint Cadet Centre (JCC) in Dingwall is taking shape.

The £1.3 million project will increase the size of the existing 1st Battalion The Highlanders Army Cadet Force (ACF) building, enabling it to become a facility shared by young people and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers (CFAVs) from the Royal Air Force Air Cadets (RAFAC).

Two classrooms, two offices and two storerooms will be added to the existing building footprint. Recent activity saw the flat pack extension walls erected and roof trusses installed. This enabled the contractor to make the extension wind and watertight by the end of the first week in July. Internal work is also progressing well.

Work to clad the roof.

Work to clad the roof of the extension.

In addition, solar panels have been installed on the Highlander accommodation block. These will help the centre to hopefully achieve an excellent Defence Related Environmental Assessment Methodology (DREAM) assessment.

Solar panels.

Solar panels on the Highlander accommodation block.

Earlier work saw concrete foundations poured on top of the nine metre piles needed to support the extension (due to the challenges of the site being below the water table).

Dundee-based architecture and interior design firm Andrew Black Design will deliver the project. Earlier this year the firm signed the Armed Forces Covenant. It has also received the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Bronze Award.

The project is due for completion in August.

End elevation of building.

The extension’s end elevation.

Dingwall Joint Cadet Centre.

A wider view of the Dingwall JCC site with the new solar panels on the roof of the Highlander accommodation block.