£6.6m Army Reserve Centre taking shape

May 9, 2024
A steel building frame being constructed.

The £6.6 million project to replace the Army Reserve Centre (ARC) at Dunfermline has reached a significant milestone.

On 7 May the steel frame for the new building was delivered with work to erect the structure starting soon after. This is an exciting part of the project with rapid progress being made following many months of painstaking site preparation.

The latest phase of the project follows setbacks caused by the discovery of hazardous materials during initial groundworks. Additional works were undertaken to ensure there was nothing else of a historical nature buried on the site. This meant scanning the ground, then removing and replacing all of the potentially contaminated soil.

A workman moves a piece of the steel frame.
A construction worker positioning a steel beam.

The site was then backfilled to allow 350 piles to be driven into the foundations in February. Work on pouring concrete for the foundations then began, with the building starting to rise out of the ground in April as blockwork was constructed above ground level.

The Bothwell House project had originally been due to get under way in March 2020. However COVID-19 hit and the national lockdown that followed halted all projects that weren’t already in progress.

A part of the steel frame being manoeuvred into position.

In 2022 Henry Brothers won the contract to design and build the new ARC and demolish the original Bruce House. Mott MacDonald is acting as the technical service provider, supporting the Highland RFCA Estates team with project management. The Army-funded project is due to be completed in 2025.  

The Dunfermline ARC serves as the Regimental Headquarters for 154 (Scottish) Regiment Royal Logistics Corps (RLC); and is home to 239 (Fife) Transport Squadron and the Dunfermline Detachment of The Black Watch Battalion Army Cadet Force (ACF).

The new building will provide first-class facilities, allowing all the units housed there a chance to grow, and will impact positively on training, recruitment and retention.

Find out more about 154 (Scottish) Regiment RLC.