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Interserve completes Help for Heroes rehabilitation centre at HMS Drake, Plymouth

by Interserve Press Office | Jan 07, 2014

Interserve, the international support services and construction group, has successfully handed over the second of two new facilities in Plymouth that will benefit military personnel and veterans undergoing recovery.

Help for Heroes Endeavour CentreHelp for Heroes is supporting the initiative with a £21 million commitment. The project is part of HMS Drake's larger Naval Service Recovery Centre.

The 'Endeavour Centre' is a recovery complex offering state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment. This complex consists of three buildings incorporating a gym, consultation rooms, a 'Café Hero' social area and a hydrotherapy area with changing facilities. A 25-metre six-lane competition pool is also provided, featuring a floor that can be raised or lowered according to need. The pool's floor is made of low-density material to enable it to float if required. Outside, a terraced area has been created with seating and a bronze statue focal point depicting the stretcher-bearers' imagery associated with Help for Heroes.

The facility will provide those who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses with the very best support they need, for life.

At the recovery complex Interserve's groundworks included remediation of land contaminated with hydrocarbons and metals. The ground was then piled by Interserve using bored displacement piles before excavation began for the swimming pools. Of steel frame construction, the finished buildings comprise metal and brick cladding with powder coated aluminium glazed curtain walling. Two of the buildings feature roofs in Euroclad Elite System 4 Cladding and the third has built-up insulated felt. The sixty nine week construction period has seen Interserve hand over the project on time and within budget.

Last summer, Interserve also handed over 'Parker VC', a specialist adaptive accommodation facility with 60 single 'cabins' and six family 'cabins'. Both the Endeavour Centre and the Parker VC facilities will be run and staffed by the Navy/MoD with Interserve continuing to provide a full range of 24 hour support services for injured service personnel including catering, cleaning, hotel services and building maintenance.

Endeavour Centre will also house the 'Support Hub', which will be operated by Help for Heroes staff.

Bryn Parry, Co-Founder and CEO 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 have developed will make a huge difference to the lives of servicemen and women who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses."

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For further information please contact:

Nigel Charlesworth
Head of Corporate Communications
0118 960 2332/07824 482 585
nigel.charlesworth@interserve.com

Karen Lewis
Edson Evers
01785 255146
karen@edsonevers.com

About Interserve

Interserve's vision is to redefine the future for people and places. 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, facilities management and frontline public services. Interserve is based in the UK and is listed in the FTSE 250 index. We have gross revenue of £2.3 billion and a workforce of over 50,000 people worldwide.

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