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Interserve’s work with troops recognised at BIFM awards

by Interserve Press Office | Oct 27, 2011

Interserve’s South East Regional Prime Contract, delivered through joint venture organisation PriDE, has won the Judge’s Special Recognition Award at the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) Awards 2011 for its redevelopment of the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court.

Awarded on the 10 October, this is the second year running that an Interserve contract has won this accolade and is testament to the company’s ongoing work in supporting frontline troops; whether it is operationally or by providing support facilities that ensure wounded soldiers receive the best possible levels of care.

The new £8 million rehabilitation complex at Surrey-based Headley Court was funded by Help for Heroes, and is helping to support the welfare needs of wounded military personnel returning from theatre.

PriDE, working with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), delivered a one-stop approach, providing project cost and design management, construction and technical advice. The entire project was completed two months ahead of schedule and to budget, utilising the latest technologies, whilst driving value for money and sustainability.

Commenting on an Interserve contract winning the award for the second consecutive year, Lead Judge Terry Trickett commented, “The points of comparison with last year are significant; Headley Court is focused on creating state-of-the-art rehabilitation facilities for wounded service personnel, particularly those returning from Afghanistan. Last year, Interserve joint venture, Landmarc Support Services, was given the same award for the provision of vital training for soldiers about to enter the Afghan theatre – neatly giving recognition for both sides of the Afghan experience.

“Compassion plays a part in my decision, but I also believe the achievements of the project can withstand objective assessment to reveal a positive lesson in rehabilitation. PriDE should be proud of its achievement!”

Brian Talbot, Managing Director – Defence at Interserve added, “Facilities management is about a lot more than simply maintaining buildings. It is as much about the people that live and work in these communities and we are very pleased that our work has received such recognition.

“Headley Court is a clear demonstration of how Interserve is helping to support the welfare and rehabilitation needs of our wounded military personnel and it has been a very rewarding experience for everyone to see the project through from conception to completion.

“To have achieved the special recognition award for the second year running is testament to the quality, hard work and commitment of all of our staff.

“The BIFM Awards also recognised PriDE as a finalist for the Impact on Organisation and Workplace Award. We would like to congratulate EC Harris for winning the FM Consultant of the year award, sponsored by Interserve.”

Further information

Interserve’s South East Regional Prime Contract, delivered through PriDE is responsible for estate management and construction services at almost 100 MOD sites throughout the South East region, encompassing over 7,000 buildings and facilities. These facilities include some of MOD’s largest, most important and prestigious sites, such as RMA Sandhurst, Horse Guards, St James’ Palace and Cavalry Barracks.

Last year, Interserve’s subsidiary, Landmarc Support Services in conjunction with Defence Training Estate (DTE) won the special recognition award for successful delivery of a ground-breaking military training facility that replicates the contemporary operating environment in the Middle East.

About Headley Court

The new, modern, purpose-built rehabilitation complex removes DMRC’s reliance on off-site facilities and includes a comprehensive suite of amenities ranging from a swimming pool with a moveable floor to maximise rehabilitation use, to gymnasiums, physiotherapist treatment areas, a centre for injury research and cardiovascular suite to name a few.

The centre also uses the latest innovations in eco-friendly construction. High energy efficiency is achieved with a combined heat and power plant to heat the swimming pool, and during construction, demolition materials were recycled to reduce environmental impact. Kalwall was used as a building material to increase heat retention and the roof of the building has been covered in sedum to blend in with the local greenbelt landscape.

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For further information please contact:

Karen Priest
External Marketing Manager, Interserve
0121 524 7507

Katy Tranter / Jane Woods
Edson Evers
01785 255146

About Interserve

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