New Navy training complex, HMS Cambria opens in Cardiff

HMS Cambria, Cardiff - Vaughan Sound

Vaughan Sound worked alongside Morgan Sindall and Blues Electrical to deliver audio system solutions to a new build £11m Royal Navy secure training facility in Cardiff Bay – HMS Cambria.

HMS Cambria is the only Royal Naval Reserve unit in Wales. Commissioned in 1947, it was originally based at Cardiff Docks before later moving to Sully, Vale of Glamorgan in 1980.

The 4,000 square metre bespoke hub and operating base provides state-of-the-art spaces for three maritime reserve units – HMS Cambria, Royal Marines Reserve Detachment Cardiff, and Wales’ University Royal Naval Unit (URNU).

Internally, it offers short-term shared accommodation for up to 50 people, plus modern offices with 80 workspaces, numerous classroom and training suites (including virtual reality facilities), as well as a large, multipurpose dining area.

Vaughan Sound supplied, installed and commissioned a five-zone public address system, comprising 93 recessed ceiling loudspeakers and a further three wall mounted models.

Induction loops, installed and certified in line with IEC 60118-4, were provided to the ‘Control Point’, ‘Induction Area’ and ‘Presentation Room’, with a portable unit also supplied for ease of use within the meeting rooms and office spaces as and when required.

Multimedia faceplates (HDMI/VGA/Audio/USB) and cable looms were provided too as part of Vaughan Sound’s involvement in this project.

HMS Cambria now has an impressive new headquarters and fit-for-purpose Reservist’s training centre, supporting staff and cadets as well as encouraging new recruits.