IHP on track to deliver first NHS National Rehabilitation Centre

Published: 3-Apr-2024

Construction of the first NHS National Rehabilitation Centre continues to progress, with the concrete frame of the building almost complete

Construction of the first NHS National Rehabilitation Centre is being carried out by IHP, a joint venture between VINCI Building and Sir Robert McAlpine.

The £105m National Rehabilitation Centre will be a 70-bed purpose-built facility and the build is making good progress with the framework near completion.

The Centre will be located in the Stanford Hall Rehabilitation Estate near Loughborough, which is already home to the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre.

The Estate was carefully selected as the site for the National Rehabilitation Centre to bring together these two centres of excellence and drive rehabilitation standards both nationally and internationally.

Construction of the first NHS National Rehabilitation Centre is being carried out by IHP

The design of the Centre will use modern methods of construction and will be highly energy efficient, with plans for the building to be carbon neutral to support the NHS ambition to be Carbon Net Zero by 2045.

Work also continues to integrate the Smart Hospital design to make the NRC as digitally advanced as possible, with the capability to incorporate additional cutting-edge technology in the future.

Further, the specialist facility is part of the Government’s New Hospital Programme and combines NHS care with research and innovation from its two academic partners, the University of Nottingham and Loughborough University.

Ryan McCormack, Project Director for the Construction for the NRC programme, explained that an impressive amount of progress had been made in the first six months of the build.

The design of the Centre will use modern methods of construction

McCormack, said: “The build hasn’t been without its challenges – it’s always difficult trying to continue construction throughout the winter months.”

“Inclement weather has impacted work due to high winds, excessive rain, and freezing temperatures, resulting in the rescheduling of concrete pours and preventing the use of cranes in these conditions, both of which are vital in the progress of construction of the main NRC frame,” McCormack continued.

“However, IHP continued to adapt their plans during the poor weather, and I’m pleased that we are on track to complete construction in Spring 2025,” McCormack concluded.

Drone footage shows the five main pavilions of the ground floor of the Centre:

  • Facilities Management
  • The café and staff area
  • The innovation and education pavilion
  • Patient zone and research pavilion
  • The main gym and therapy space.

The latest footage also shows the progress of the first and second floors which are nearing completion. They will house the south-facing patient bedrooms overlooking the Leicestershire countryside, as well as some treatment spaces.

In addition, the onsite energy centre frame is almost complete and will be the first part of the NRC design to be built.

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