Royal Navy’s new multi-million Cardiff Bay development

Cardiff Bay

Associated British Ports has applied to Cardiff Council for permission to modify plans for the Royal Navy’s multi-million pound investment in Cardiff Bay.

It has required some re-design which will improve its ability to support the Royal Navy. This involves altering the building’s facilities and exterior design that has changed the appearance of the architectural vision.

It follows initial planning consent and a tendering process by construction companies. The pre-application consultation will review the changes for this important waterfront site in Cardiff Bay.

The project will be delivered on behalf of the Royal Navy by the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales in partnership with Associated British Ports (ABP), who have agreed a long term lease on the location.

Colonel Nick Beard TD DL, Chief Executive of RFCA for Wales, said: “This scheme will help maximise the ability of Royal Navy Reservists in Wales to continue being vital and valued members of the UK’s Defence Family.

“We are committed to finding the most effective ways to provide Reservists with the best places to work and train. This project in Cardiff Bay will be a place where they can gain transferable skills for their careers and civilian lives, whilst also enhancing their everyday lives.”

ABP is working closely with the Royal Navy to progress a redesign that will meet the aspirations of the UK’s Reserve Forces for the next 50 years. They have already begun the procurement process, which should be completed in May 2018.

It’s anticipated that the selected contractor will begin on-site in early July 2018 to provide a modern 21st century training establishment for the Royal Navy Reserve (RNR, Royal Marine Reserve (RMR) and the University Royal Naval Unit (URNU).

The new digital building will include state-of-the-art training and classroom suites, accommodation, administrative services, as well as social and fitness facilities with access to the Waterfront and docking facilities for visiting warships.