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Interserve to deliver £20m Help for Heroes scheme at Devonport Naval Base, Plymouth

by Interserve Press Office | Jul 13, 2011

Forces charity ‘Help for Heroes’ has launched a £20 million ‘Naval Service Recovery Pathway Expansion Programme’ which will be designed, built, project managed and maintained by Interserve, the international support services and construction group.

The programme will deliver a brand new state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility at Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth, the first of its kind in the South West, where Interserve is already delivering integrated support services for 25 years through a PFI (Private Finance Initiative) scheme

The project is a strong example of how the whole Interserve team call on different parts of the business to provide a total end-to-end solution.

The project will be designed, project managed, built and maintained by Interserve who will also look after legal and PFI related contractual changes – demonstrating a total 360 degree approach for the client.

Due to start construction in July, the project will be carried out in two phases. Phase one consists of a 60-bed accommodation facility including family rooms and recreational spaces designed for the ‘Recovery pathway’ rehabilitation process and managed by ‘Hasler Company’ a new forces unit established with the intent of rehabilitating injured tri service personnel back into normal life.

Phase two will see the construction of a 25 metre, six-lane swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, gymnasium and consulting rooms, again with the purpose of being used in connection with the recovery pathway process.

The project was officially launched on-board HMS Bulwark, while docked in Devonport Naval Base, Plymouth with keynote speeches from the Second Sea Lord and Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command, Vice Admiral Charles Montgomery CBE ADC, CEO and Co-founder of Help for Heroes, Bryn Parry OBE and the Rt. Honourable Andrew Robathan, Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans, in front of wounded heroes, local dignitaries and Interserve representatives.

Speaking at the event, Interserve General Manager Simon Cowls, said: “This is an immensely proud day for all of us who have been involved with the project, it is the culmination of 18 months hard work involving all sectors of the business coming together to design and build facilities that we can rightly be proud of.”

Brian Talbot, Interserve Managing Director - Defence said: “Help for Heroes want to have a facility that enables them to help each individual hero that has contributed to helping to keep our country safe.

“The organisation wants to spend its time fundraising and continuing to put its energies into the great work it is already doing.

“This facility will enable them to provide some great services, and the fully integrated and intelligent approach by Interserve to provide all aspects of the delivery of the programme will enable the charity to concentrate on its work.

“Interserve is a company which can supply expertise to every stage of the delivery process, from initial design to ongoing maintenance and support, and has a proven track record of this approach to help its clients save time, money and hassle.”

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For further information please contact:

Karen Priest

External Marketing Manager, Interserve
0121 524 7507
karen.priest@interserve.com

Catherine Roche
Edson Evers
01785 255146
catherine@edsonevers.com

About Interserve

Interserve's vision is to be the Trusted Partner of all our stakeholders. We are one of the world’s foremost support services and construction companies, operating in the public and private sectors in the UK and internationally. We offer advice, design, construction, equipment and facilities management services for society's infrastructure. Interserve is based in the UK, has revenue of £1.9 billion and a workforce of nearly 50,000 people worldwide.

General website: www.interserve.com

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