We are extremely proud of every organisation and project that we are involved in, but as a company with links to the Armed Forces, being part of the construction of the new Royal Navy Unit, HMS Cambria, was a real honour and privilege.
HMS Cambria, located in Cardiff Bay, was completed in March 2021 following four years of planning and has been described as a ‘crown jewel’ in the defence estate. We worked alongside contractor Morgan Sindall and were responsible for installing windows, heavy-duty doors and curtain walling.
The products installed at the site included Kawneer AA540 windows, Kawneer AA190 TB heavy duty doors and Kawneer AA100 curtain walling system. The project was delivered on time and on budget, and the structure was designed to reflect the dynamic and unique aspects of The Royal Navy.
The location of the £11million structure is also significant, as it has enabled HMS Cambria, Wales’ only Royal Navy Reserve Unit, to return to its original maritime home in Cardiff Bay. The building will act as a central hub for Wales’ University Royal Naval Unit, Naval cadets and the Royal Marine Reserves.
The building includes state-of-the-art facilities, classroom suites, shared accommodation for up to 50 people, administrative offices for up to 80 people, and social and fitness centres. The exterior of the building includes a rope training area, car park and a parade square for practising drills.
Our managing director, Alan Brayley VR DL, has a passion for helping veterans transition into the world of business following their service. As a veteran Army Reservist with 20 years of service, Alan has first-hand experience transitioning out of the forces, and continues to be an active member of the community.
Speaking on the project, Alan Brayley, said:
“HMS Cambria is a hugely rewarding project to be involved in, not just for us but for Armed Forces representation here in Wales. It’s important for the Forces to have a footprint in Wales and we are proud to have been a part of it.”