The build has now 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.
Built by Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) in partnership with regional industry partner Debut Services, The Parker Hall Trainee Rehabilitation Project will provide state of the art rehabilitation equipment for injured Royal Marines before returning them to mainstream training.
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,
Parker Hall will provide a first class dedicated facility for Royal Marine recruits to under go remedial physiotherapy and return to their mainstream training fighting fit with the best possible chance of success. So far 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.