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Parker VC

A project to construct an important Recovery Centre for Help the Heroes continues to make great progress.

The Naval Service Recovery Centre comprises of two distinct developments being constructed in two phases, Parker VC (Phase One) and Endeavour (Phase Two). Parker VC is a specialist accommodation building and was completed in May 2013, whilst Endeavour is a rehabilitation centre which is due for completion in December 2013.

Parker VC is an adaptive facility which includes sixty single cabins and six family cabins – cabins being the Naval term for a bedroom. The building was built from a steel frame construction with composite floor, and includes aluminium and timber windows.

Meanwhile, Endeavour consists of three buildings and includes a sprung-floor gymnasium, eight consultation rooms, a social area for veterans, hydrotherapy area, changing rooms and a 25 metre, six-lane competition pool. Work began on the project in August 2011 and once complete, Endeavour will cater for those living with life-changing injuries and illnesses, offering them vital support for life.

Help For Heroes Centre Manager and Project Officer, Jock Easton, said:

“Help For Heroes invests in recovery for those service men and women have been wounded and injured, or who are sick. We have sites in Catterick, Colchester and Tidworth, and this latest site is in Plymouth.

“Veterans living in these areas can access support for whatever it is they require and we will be on hand for the rest of their lives, helping them in any way that we can. This support is ongoing.”

Jock added:

“Having spent 35 years in the Navy, I have a reasonable knowledge of life in the military and the issues that are faced. I came back here to pick up this project and soon realised that the men and women who require these services are seriously wounded, injured or sick, so it is very satisfying for me to know that they will now be looked after for the rest of their lives.”

Parker VC

International support services and construction group Interserve Consulting and Construction is the main contractor on the project, whilst the Navy/MoD will run the facility once work is complete.

Commenting on the project, Interserve Consulting and Construction, Regional Director, Richard Ellis, said:

“It is an honour and a genuine privilege to be involved in the construction of the new Parker VC and the Endeavour Centre. To know that our efforts are going to benefit members of the Services who need such great support is extremely gratifying. Rarely is it so satisfying to be working on such a worthwhile venture.”

Discussing the project, Commodore Royal Naval Personnel HR, Commodore Ian Bisson, has said: “I am delighted this project is in its second phase. When completed, this facility will provide immense support to our personnel offering them access to specialist services and state-of-the-art equipment. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Help for Heroes for their ongoing support and commitment in ensuring this project achieves a successful outcome.”

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