The structure in Derwenthaugh is a traditional brick and block cavity construction with a precast block and beam first floor. In order to place the structure in the preferred position, and due to the existing ground conditions, the foundations were piled and a Northumberland sewer was delivered. All the windows are powder coated aluminium with electric roller shutters for security.
The Boat Station houses the boats and contains classrooms, and facilities for teaching. After it first opened in 1986 as a Sea Cadet Boating Station, it has grown into a Centre of Excellence. Thanks to The Peoples Millions enabling the addition of floating pontoons in 2009, boating is now available to Sea Cadet units during summer evenings, and some local units now parade once a week.
- The new building can accommodate 20 Cadets, 8 Staff and also has an accessible suite which can be used for up to three people
- Cadet accommodation consists of five segregated four-bed dorm rooms and washing/toilet facilities
- Staff accommodation rooms have en-suite facilities
- The galley is well equipped and is available for use by visiting Units
- Dining/recreation area has a 50-inch TV used for presentations
- Tea and coffee making facilities
- Office fitted with computer and wireless internet connection