Building a rehabilitation centre for the armed forces

Continuing to create places that benefit people, Interserve is currently building a new £200 million Defence establishment at the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) at Stanford Hall, near Loughborough.

The project, for BS Stanford Ltd, involves the construction of a new 37,000 square metre specialist clinical facility together with the alteration and refurbishment of the Grade II* listed Stanford Hall, an Art Deco Theatre and other ancillary listed buildings as well as extensive landscaping work. The new Defence Rehabilitation facility is due to be operational in 2018.

The new clinical rehabilitation centre for the armed forces will improve and advance treatments already provided for injured service-men and –women and will provide immediate access to on-site patient diagnosis and treatment plans, support significant advances in medical research and offer extensive outdoor facilities to benefit the early stages of rehabilitation.

In addition Interserve is running a scheme in conjunction with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) to provide work placement and employment opportunities on the project to those who have recently left or are due to leave the armed forces, as well as wounded injured and sick (WIS) personnel and veterans in the local.

Annually around 15,000 people leave the armed forces, many of whom have transferable skills and qualifications for the construction industry and experience of complex, high-paced environments.

Richard Walsh, community benefits & armed forces engagement manager, and former Royal engineer, said: “The very nature of the project and what it aims to deliver is a huge boost to service personnel. It will offer those injured a speedy recovery and return to full operational capability, which is vital for the Armed Forces. Similarly, to those unable to return to active service, it will help to prepare them to be the very best they can possibly be, post-service and look to gain sustainable employment.

“To ex-service personnel the project is a beacon of hope. Not all service leavers can walk straight into the job they want and can find it difficult to translate their experience effectively on job applications or in interviews. We are able to look through an application or CV and understand what the applicant has been doing in their career and the level of management and leadership skills they have and see their true value. This has been received well by the ex-service personnel recruited so far.”

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