Well, we’re in! First parade night tonight - albeit that we will be spending it shifting kit across from the old building to the new.
First impressions; very good. We have essentially 5 teaching spaces; a small lecture room with individual student desks, and a large touch screen on the wall, a medium lecture room with a set of 2 person tables and a roof mounted projector and screen, a large lecture room with 4 x 6 person hexagonal tables and a large touch screen on the wall. Each of the lecture rooms has spare student desks and chairs and a very large storage cupboard built in. In addition we have an IT room - we bought some new computers to go in there (and to have a fixed PC in each space and the offices), so currently have 10 PC’s in there. The back end of the room has a 55inch touchscreen which we also purchased, as well as a projector at the other end of the room. We have named the IT and Comms room the Vic Reynolds Room - some of you may know Vic and how important he was to the ATC - he was a Stokey through and through. Finally the parade hall has a projector and screen so can be used as a 5th teaching space. The range has a camera system so a large screen at one end can be used to view each lanes target and therefore see where rounds have landed and provide coaching. Kitchen area is very nice - an ideal size. The awesome space is fantastic, we have 4 x fixed desks - each with one of our new computers on. With a large conference table in the middle for meetings and other staff working. Networking is throughout the building with network and phone points everywhere, wireless internet is also in every space. Main vehicle gate is manual, but there is a pedestrian gate on a mag lock - releasable by entry system in the hall and office - there is also CCTV monitors in both these locations. Store is massive and full of extensive racking. Lots of notice boards everywhere. All in all we are very happy - and I’m sure the cadets will be thrilled too, will be giving them a tour this evening. Can’t overstate how hard RFCA have worked on this for us in order to accommodate requests and suggestions.