Consultant to design 72-bed recovery unit at Devonport Naval Base

Capita Symonds has won a contract to design a £22m rehabilitation unit for injured armed forces personnel in Plymouth.

Planning has been submitted for the unit at HMS Drake in Devonport Naval Base, which will comprise a four-storey, 72-bed, ensuite accommodation block as well as classrooms, interview rooms, communal facilities, and six family suites for visiting family members.

Forces charity Help for Heroes has pledged £10m funding to the project.

Co-founder of the organisation Bryn Parry said: “The intention is to create a recovery centre where guys can go after receiving initial treatment at [defence rehabilitation centre] Headley Court. There are a lot of people whose injuries are very severe. We need to create a place where these guys can go and recover in a military environment. It will not be a convalescent home, it will be a place of opportunity.”

The planning application is the first phase of a two-stage plan. Another application will be submitted later this year for further facilities including a swimming pool and consultation rooms.
The site will be directly linked to Hasler Company, a recovery unit for injured Royal Marines also situated at Devonport.