HLM completes new £12 million recovery centre for injured service personnel

Phoenix House Recovery Centre, a new £12 million Personnel Recovery and Assessment Centre (PRAC) at Catterick Barracks, North Yorkshire, is now complete. The 4,300 m sq (46,285 sq ft) facility was designed by HLM and built by Lend Lease for the Army Recovery Capability (ARC).

Funded and run by Help for Heroes, and supported by the Royal British Legion, Phoenix House provides support to wounded, injured or long term sick soldiers enabling them to return to duty as quickly as possible, or if necessary, provides them with the education, vocational training and welfare to transition to an appropriately skilled and supported civilian life. It is one of four specialist centres in the UK, and the only such facility in the North East of England.

The purpose-built centre has 46 en-suite bedrooms, four family rooms, an arts and craft room as well as training, presentation and IT suites. A gymnasium with specialist equipment, a café and social areas also form part of the new scheme.

Positioned off an atrium street with glazed conservatory spaces providing natural light and views, are the key facilities including offices, meeting rooms, dining room, library and lounge, all of which have been specifically designed to aid the recovery of army personnel. At the eastern end of the street is access to the residential accommodation located on the first and second floors, the layout of which has been carefully considered to maximise views over Richmond and the Swale Valley to the North.

A Support Hub brings together a range of service charities and organisations that collectively offer advice and guidance on many issues, such as money, health, housing and respite. Available to residents, their families and veterans, the Hub is open to Army, Navy, RAF and the Territorial Army personnel.

The outside space is a high quality environment including both sensory gardens and social/activity spaces. Planting has been carefully selected to enhance the local habitat and biodiversity.

Stephen Webb, Associate at HLM, said:

“Phoenix House helps support those who have suffered life changing injuries and illnesses as they adapt to their new life. It is a highly valuable and welcoming facility for both the injured personnel as well as visiting families, where an array of support is given around the clock. With our design, we have tried to create a positive and therapeutic environment.”

Set in the heart of North Yorkshire, the area surrounding Phoenix House is home to many military units, making it an ideal, accessible location for recovering serving personnel, their families and veterans.