Capita’s specialist expertise has allowed us to engage with a multitude of design specifications for defence including medical recovery centres for the Ministry of Defence and service charities such as Help for Heroes. We help deliver facilities that provide support for soldiers through physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, social workers, a psychologist and cognitive therapists.
The Help for Heroes Personnel Recovery Centre is one of the most impressive projects that the judges have seen not just this year, but any year. The integration of this wonderful project with the surrounding parts of the HMS Drake is a wonderful example of how architecture and humanity can work together."Sir John Banham Judge Michelmore Awards
Headley Court provides care and rehabilitation for soldiers returning from battlefields in places such as Afghanistan and Iraq with serious injuries that often lead to amputations.
Between 2009 and 2012, the facility, which looks after more than 180 patients, has increased the number of beds available for ‘complex trauma’ patients from 18 to 66. Since opening in June 2006, it also became one of the country’s most advanced prosthetic workshops, dealing with 50 patients who have lost limbs.
Given the significant need for improved facilities, Help for Heroes funded a major development which provides a 25 metre long swimming pool with moving floor, an ‘Aqua Jogger’, a new and improved gym, and new medical rehabilitation facilities.
Capita provided a range of multidisciplinary services on the project on behalf of Interserve Building which in turn is working on behalf of PriDE – the Ministry of Defence’s Prime South East Contractor. Capita also provided a BREEAM bespoke assessment, an environmental assessment and construction waste minimisation advice.
The use of charitable funding has highlighted the need for a most cost effective approach. The site itself has highly sensitive environment and heritage value and is bounded by a Grade I listed wall. We were instrumental in advising the design team with regard to the best practicable means of balancing these issues in order to generate a successful and sympathetic design.
The new £200m Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) at Stanford Hall, near Loughborough is due to be operational by 2018. Capita has been commissioned to provide structural, civil, and mechanical and electrical engineering services, plus specialist acoustics, ecology, fire engineering and lift engineering expertise, to the Interserve-led team on the project.
The project, for BS Stanford Ltd, involves the construction of a new build 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 across the Stanford Hall Estate.
Integrating facilities at the existing DNRC at Headley Court, Stanford Hall will also see the provision of specialist facilities including neurological and complex trauma rehabilitation facilities for service men and women.
The new facilities that will be set alongside Stanford Hall’s Grade II* listed buildings are being developed to respect and sensitively blend with the current landscape of the estate.
This public donations funded building was designed by Capita to a high specification whilst offering excellent value for money. The £20.5m rehabilitation facility in Plymouth is for injured service personnel at HMS Drake in the Devonport Naval Base. It has a 72-bed, en-suite accommodation block with a hydrotherapy pool, veteran’s hub and gymnasium.
Capita provided architecture and civil / structural engineering services with the designs based on Capita’s previous experience designing the Help for Heroes Headley Court Rehabilitation Centre.
By working in a focused and collaborative manner, Capita delivered cost-effective solutions to overcome the challenge of delivering a good quality building funded via public donations with value for money.
The PRC won the ‘Commercial Project of the Year with a Value Over £5 million’ Award at the 2015 Michelmores Property Awards.
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