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"Topping Out" for Help for Heroes Pool at Headley Court

An Estate and Environment news article

17 Nov 09

A short ceremony has been held at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC), Headley Court to mark progress in the building of a state of the art swimming pool and other new facilities.
Guests at the Topping Out ceremony inspect the new swimming pool at Headley Court

L-R: Nick Goodridge, PriDE Finance Director, Bill Yardley, Defence Estates Head of Operations South, Emma Parry Help for Heroes, Colonel Jerry Tuck, Commanding Officer DMRC, Bryn Parry Help for Heroes, Lieutenant General Robert Baxter Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Health)
[Picture: Crown Copyright/MOD 2009]

The new complex on the site is being funded by a generous capital grant of £8m from the charity Help for Heroes, with the remainder of the capital costs (some £3.3m) and running costs being met by the MOD. The project is being delivered by Defence Estates and PriDE, the MOD’s Regional Prime Contractor for the South East.

The 'Topping Out' ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of the weather tight exterior to the building. The roof (the "top") has now been completed and walls, windows and external doors are all in place. Work on the project is well on track, enabling work to proceed with the tiling of the pool. When completed by next April, the complex will provide a 25m five-lane swimming pool, two new gyms, physiotherapy treatment areas, consulting suites and an area for gait analysis.

Bryn Parry, Chief Executive of Help for Heroes, who attended the ceremony along with workers for the charity, said:

"The Help for Heroes Rehabilitation Complex would not have been possible without the extraordinary efforts of hundreds of thousands of ordinary, decent people who have gone out there to raise money to support the wounded.

"I would like to thank them, along with those who are working on this project, for all of their hard work and I look forward to seeing the pool and gym complex in use next spring."

Emma Parry of Help for Heroes prepares to lay a tile

Emma Parry of Help for Heroes
[Picture: Crown Copyright/MOD 2009]

Lieutenant General Robert Baxter, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Health), said:

"The Help for Heroes Rehabilitation Complex will be a hugely welcome enhancement of Headley Court’s excellent facilities. We are committed to providing the best possible treatment for our military patients and the MOD is continuing to invest in new facilities for DMRC. We are enormously grateful for the generosity of Help for Heroes and all its supporters who are helping to make possible these additional facilities - a swimming pool and new gym, treatment and analysis facilities."

Vice Admiral Tim Laurence, Chief Executive of Defence Estates said:

"We are fully committed to this exciting project. It will significantly enhance the excellent facilities available at Headley Court to military personnel recovering from their injuries. I am delighted to see the progress made by the team here, with the invaluable and much appreciated support of Help for Heroes."

The 25-metre long swimming pool will include a movable floor that allows activities to be carried out at variable depths, helping the physiotherapy staff to adjust treatment regimes to meet the needs of their patients.

The main new gym, on the ground floor of the new development, will have exercise machines and a large area for group activities and games. A second gym will be provided on the upper floor which will also incorporate consulting rooms and examination areas for the treatment of patients and analysis of injuries.

The project forms part of a continuing development programme at Headley Court. It is aimed at ensuring that the unit continues to have the infrastructure needed to support the first class treatment that is provided for Service personnel requiring rehabilitation treatment.

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