Aerial view of the new Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) Perspective view of the Main Courtyard at the new Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC)


Construction of the new Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) for servicemen and women planned as a replacement for Headley Court has been completed and handed over to the nation by the Duke of Westminster in the presence of H. R. H. the Duke of Cambridge. The DNRC has been designed by leading classical architect John Simpson of London and is backed by the Duke of Westminster, himself a former soldier. Parliament announced the official go-ahead in July 2014 and the contract for this prestigious £250 million construction project has been awarded to Interserve.

John Simpson Architects were commissioned to design a masterplan for a substantial series of new buildings within the registered historic landscape of the Stanford Hall estate near Loughborough. The buildings have been arranged to form a series of courtyards and external garden spaces providing a conducive environment for the rehabilitation of wounded service personnel. In addition, the practice will be restoring much of the sensitive historic fabric of Grade II* listed Stanford Hall which is at the historic heart of the estate and at the core of the proposals. In delivering the design for the new DNRC John Simpson Architects worked with healthcare specialists Steffian Bradley Architects as well as with ARUP who were the project manager.

The DNRC will provide facilities for a range of treatments including trauma rehabilitation, neurological care and a “back to life” capability which will ensure that for people leaving the centre are fully prepared for life outside. Arranged within a number of new buildings, the DNRC project for BS Stanford Ltd. will provide 400,000 sq ft of new floor space which will sit comfortably in the surrounding landscape.

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Published: 18th September 2015