Ground-breaking ceremony at Dunfermline ARC

August 21, 2023
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HRFCA staff attended the ground-breaking ceremony at Dunfermline Army Reserve Centre.

A ground-breaking ceremony was held at the Army Reserve Centre (ARC) in Dunfermline on August 13 in preparation for the construction of a £6.6 million replacement building.

The Bothwell House project had 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.

In 2022 Henry Brothers won the contract to design and build the new ARC and demolish the original Bruce House. Mott MacDonald are acting as technical service providers, supporting the HRFCA Estates team with project management. The site works are due to commence in October 2023 with the Army-funded project concluding in 2025.  

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

The ground-breaking ceremony was carried out by Councillor Jim Leishman MBE, Provost of Fife.

Pictured in attendance from HRFCA were (from left) Fraser Kennedy (HRFCA Head of Estates), Jim Kinloch (HRFCA Eastern Committee Chair), Brigadier (Retd) Mark Dodson (HRFCA Chief Executive), and Major Ray Watt (Regimental 2I/C 154 (Scottish) Regiment RLC, and HRFCA Regional Employer Engagement Director).

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.