DIO delivering on rehab centre for Devon Royal Marines
Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has passed a landmark point in delivering a dedicated training facility for injured Royal Marines at Lympstone in Devon.
Working with regional industry partner Debut Services, DIO is building the Parker Hall Trainee Rehabilitation Project to provide state of the art rehabilitation equipment for injured Royal Marines before returning them to mainstream training.
The build recently reached its highest point, traditionally known as 'Topping Out'. The occasion was marked by a tour of the construction site with the Commanding Officer of Commando Training Centre for Royal Marines, Lieutenant Colonel Neil Willson RM.
Project Sponsor Rod Carter from Navy Command, remarked:
"The teamwork and co-operation between DIO, Debut and the other supply chain members has been tremendous, it has produced to date the beginnings of what will be an outstanding facility which will allow the Unit to stay at the fore-front of military training and continue to produce the highest standard of trained military personnel.”
The Commando Training Centre Royal Marines at Lympstone is the principal training area for the Royal Marines. It trains new recruits and reserves as well as delivering specialist training and continuation training.
The new facility will support training, supervision and treatment for at least 50 recruits at any one time. As a purpose-built resource it aims to provide a better quality of rehabilitation service to injured recruits.
Emily Simmons, DIO Construction Project Manager stated,
"DIO’s priority is to support our Armed Forces as they prepare for operations. Parker Hall will provide a first class dedicated facility for Royal Marine recruits to undergo remedial physiotherapy.
“This will allow them to return to their mainstream training fighting fit with the best possible chance of success. The project is on time and within budget and I believe, when finished, Parker Hall will be a building the Royal Marines are proud to use."
Paul Nix, Debut and Lend Lease Core Works Director, added:
“Parker Hall is one of several projects that Debut is constructing on behalf of DIO and the Royal Marines at CTCRM Lympstone to support our armed service personnel. This project will provide crucial rehabilitation services, built specifically for purpose, that assist injured recruits to return to training as quickly as possible.”
Press enquiries to: Tony Moran. DIO Senior Communications Officer on 0121 311 3879 or email
Notes to editors
1. Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) is part of the Ministry of Defence (MOD). It is responsible for managing and maintaining land and properties to meet the current and future needs of the MOD and personnel at home and abroad, and to support current operations.
2. Our work includes providing, supporting and improving: operational units; single living and service family accommodation; training areas and historic military sites. DIO actively manages these to ensure the needs of Defence are met, value for money is achieved, our heritage is protected and to achieve our environmental goals.
3. DIO was formed on 1 April 2011 when the former Defence Estates (DE) organisation was brought together with other property and infrastructure functions within department to form a single organisation. DIO manages the MOD’s property infrastructure and ensures strategic management of the Defence estate as a whole.
4. Debut is a Joint Venture company between Bovis Lend Lease and Babcock International Group and was formed in response to the MOD's Prime Contracting Initiative to drive efficiency and best value across the defence estate. Debut benefits from the proven global strength of Bovis Lend Lease, one of the world's largest real estate solutions providers, and Babcock International Group’s recognised proven track record as one of the UK’s largest providers of property management services. Debut manages both the Regional Prime Contract for the South West and the Functional Prime Contract to build, refurbish and maintain Single Living Accommodation for HM Armed Forces (Project SLAM).
5. Picture Caption – please credit ‘Crown copyright/MOD 2011’:
'Topping Out' ceremony at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines at Lympstone.