£1m needed to pay for new Sea Cadets base

New sea cadets building by Neil Bowen.
New sea cadets building by Neil Bowen.

This is what Wakefield Sea Cadets’ urgently-needed new home could look like.

But the 72-year-old group is still more than £1m away from the building of its dreams, which would stand opposite the Hepworth gallery on the River Calder’s waterfront.

New sea cadets building by Neil Bowen.

New sea cadets building by Neil Bowen.

The cadets current building, on Thornes Lane Wharf, is the base of the West Yorkshire Sea Cadet rowing station and a Royal Yachting Association power-boat training centre.

But it is rapidly falling to bits, and the branch has been fundraising for several years so that it can be replaced.

Chairman Mark Pugh said it was the only thing holding the group back.

He said: “Because of the quality and dedication of the instructors here, the branch is recognised for providing first class training despite the poor premises.

“The new premises would reinforce the branch as a centre of excellence for all forms of water-based training, and to have such a unique and exciting building in such a prestigious location would help to further promote the city.”

Neil Bowen, director of Neil Bowen Architects Ltd, said the boat-shaped building represented the spirit of the cadets.

He said: “This bold approach should sit happily as a modern sculptural partner to the Hepworth and hopefully provide a further catalyst to the continued development of the waterfront.”

Any organisation who would like to contribute to the project should call Mr Pugh on 07813331747.