September 25, 2018

Work has officially begun on the construction of a brand-new facility for HMS Cambria at the Port of Cardiff.

The major maritime project is being delivered by Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales in partnership with, port owner and operator, Associated British Ports, South Wales (ABP South Wales).

The facility will be built on land near Roath Dock, at the Port of Cardiff. It will include a new training centre, as well as accommodation and social facilities, for the Royal Navy Reserve, Royal Marines Reserve, and the University Royal Naval Unit. The facility will also provide easy access to the waterfront when visiting warships are docked in the port.

ABP South Wales has a vast landbank which has allowed it to support the expansion of the Royal Navy in Wales by agreeing a long-term lease on the location for HMS Cambria.

Matthew Kennerley, Director, ABP South Wales said: “The Port of Cardiff has a long association with the Royal Navy and we are pleased to be welcoming HMS Cambria back to the capital. Our extensive land bank allows us to support major projects, and we are delighted to be using our port infrastructure to support such an important maritime project for the region.”

Colonel Nick Beard TD DL, Chief Executive of RFCA for Wales, said: “As the enabling voice for reserves and cadets in Wales, we are very proud to deliver this project on behalf of the Royal Navy. This will provide more opportunities for reservists to fulfil their role as vital and valued members of the Armed Forces family.”

HMS Cambria is currently based in Sully, near Barry, South Wales. The Royal Navy is investing over £10m in a new facility for the unit which is expected to be operational by Spring 2020.