When servicemen and women are injured, by whatever means, it is essential that they receive top quality care and, if possible, are returned to service quickly. The concept for a national facility coming forward on the same site also recognizes that rehabilitation of those who have suffered major injury and are unable to work in civilian life is a major policy area within Government and that the expertise that exists within Defence medicine could be shared for the benefit of the Nation as a whole.
Military rehabilitation is currently undertaken at Headley Court in Surrey which originally opened in 1947 to treat RAF aircrew. Today it provides high grade treatment for all 3 of the armed services and all ranks, dealing with injuries which, in many cases, would have been fatal even a decade ago.
In 2015 Interserve Construction Ltd (ICL) won the main works contract to construct a giant, all-new facility called the DNRC – the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre. ICL began construction on the Stanford Hall Estate on 24 August 2015, marking the start of a 3 year programme of building work leading to handover to the Ministry of Defence in 2018. At this point the new buildings will become the operational site for the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre when it relocates from its current home at Headley Court.
Through a third party Pod Manufacturer partner Metechno, On The Level won the contract to create bespoke modular style floors 24mm thick for the complete pod bases which will go into the construction on-site. Metechno are a bespoke offsite solution for the manufacture of bathroom PODs, PUC’s (prefabricated utility cupboards) and washroom wall systems. They work alongside architects, as well as main and M&E contractors.