Army builds new recovery centre for injured soldiers
An Estate and Environment news article
11 Feb 11
The Army started building work on a new residential recovery centre to help injured soldiers today, Friday 11 February 2011.
Construction of the new Personnel Recovery Centre in Colchester marks a significant milestone in a programme launched exactly a year ago today to give wounded, injured and sick soldiers additional care and support to help them successfully return to duties or transition into civilian life.
The Army Recovery Capability (ARC) takes soldiers and other members of the Armed Forces from the point of injury or illness through to their return to duty or into a supported civilian life and is being delivered in partnership with Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion, as well as other Service charities and Government Departments.
The Personnel Recovery Centre at Colchester Garrison will be the first purpose-built facility of its kind and will provide residential accommodation for 29 soldiers and 31 day attendees. The building's capital costs have been funded by Help for Heroes, while the Royal British Legion will meet the centre's running costs. Construction is expected to be completed by early 2012.
Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans, Andrew Robathan, said:
"Soldiers that are injured in service to our country deserve the very best. I believe that by joining forces with the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes we have delivered just that...