Interserve Press Office | Jun 03, 2013
Interserve, the international support services and construction group, has completed construction on the first of two new facilities in Plymouth that will benefit military personnel and veterans undergoing recovery. Help for Heroes is supporting the initiative with a £21 million commitment. Celebrating the occasion, the co-founders of Help for Heroes, Bryn and Emma Parry, addressed a select gathering of military guests and those involved in the project, which is part of HMS Drake's larger Naval Service Recovery Centre.
'Parker VC' is a specialist adaptive accommodation facility with sixty single 'cabins' and six family 'cabins'. It has been built on a brownfield site, is a steel frame construction with composite floor, Metsec inner leaf and Forticrete outer leaf, featuring brick for its upper three floors and composite aluminium and timber windows.
The building's reception area, function room and bedrooms have been fitted out to an incredibly high standard to offer the wounded, injured and sick the very best facilities for their recovery. There is even an attractive rooftop terrace featuring restful planting schemes.
Bryn Parry, CEO and Co-Founder of Help for Heroes, said of working with Interserve:
"We are one of Interserve's 'charities of the year'. Right from the beginning they really got what this project is all about. It's been a fantastic partnership with them, and the wonderful facilities they are developing will make a huge difference to the lives of servicemen and women who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses."
Currently underway elsewhere on the site is construction of the 'Endeavour Centre', a recovery complex offering state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment. This complex consists of three buildings incorporating a gym, consultation rooms, a social area for veterans and a hydrotherapy area with changing facilities. A twenty five metre six-lane competition pool will be located here, featuring a floor that can be raised or lowered according to need. The Recovery Centre will provide those who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses with the very best support they need, for life. Both the Endeavour Centre and the Parker VC facilities will be run and staffed by the Navy/MoD.
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About Help for Heroes
Help for Heroes offers comprehensive support to those who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses whilst serving our country. This is provided through grants to individuals, other Service charities, capital build projects and our four Recovery Centres across the UK which will offer support for life. The money raised by the hugely generous public has been used to support our wounded, but there is still so much more to do. Soldiers, sailors and airmen who are injured today will still need our support tomorrow and in the days that follow, for the rest of their lives. They are still battling and we won't let them battle alone.
The Defence Recovery Capability
The Defence Recovery Capability is an MOD led initiative in partnership with Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion alongside other Service charities and agencies to ensure that wounded, injured and sick personnel have access to the key services and resources needed to help them either return to duty or make a smooth transition into an appropriately skilled civilian life.
The Defence Recovery Capability is underpinned by substantial financial investment by both the Ministry of Defence and its principal partners Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion; this represents the largest single charitable contribution to the Armed Forces in British history.
For more information on the Defence Recovery Capability please go to: www.gov.uk/defence-recovery-and-personnel-recovery-centres.