Islington Sea Cadets - Finished Roof

Islington Sea Cadets insulated for the future by IKO

Five years after safety concerns forced it to shut, the Islington & Stoke Newington Sea Cadets centre is due to reopen thanks to IKO PLC’s ‘Fix that Hut’ scheme. The global roofing, waterproofing and insulation manufacturer donated over 250 square meters of IKO enertherm PIR insulation for use over 3 levels, to repair the roof and and bring it up to the highest standards.

In 2012, the cadets’ Canonbury Road centre in North London was forced to close over fire safety concerns, with dilapidated building materials, roof and exits not fit for purpose and a cold, damp environment unsuitable for young people.

Derick Vellosa, an Islington Sea Cadets committee member, said: “It was gutting when we had to close the doors to the Canonbury Road centre after more than 70 years of sea cadets in Islington [the group was founded in 1942]. We had about 15 cadets who had to switch to units in Clapton, Haringey and the City of London. It has been a hard slog, but we are now nearly ready to re-open.”

Jennifer McCavour, Chair of the Islington Sea Cadets’ Management Committee: “This donation by IKO is a massive help – we were utterly delighted. It’s fantastic to see a national company getting involved with local communities in this way.”

The centre was converted from an electricity substation in 1982. Internally it resembles a ship and includes a radio and communications training room, an engineering room, seamanship room, a first aid training suite, an indoor and outdoor parade ground and a mess deck.

Jennifer added: ‘This will be a fantastic facility when it’s all finished, we couldn’t have done it without the support of companies like IKO.’

The Sea Cadets plays a proactive part of the local community, offering young people a safe and exciting environment to get a head start in life, particularly important in an inner-city borough. For further details visit

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