Topical facts and figures

The building of the Defence establishment is a project on a truly grand scale. For those familiar with construction, the parameters of a net construction cost of over £200,000,000 and a gross internal floor area of 43,000m2 (almost 500,000 ft2) will speak for themselves. For those who are less familiar with the industry the following will illustrate the scale of what is being built:

All construction projects have aspects which are unique, but the building of the Defence establishment will present challenges which have not previously been faced. As a purpose built rehabilitation centre for all three British Armed Forces, the Defence establishment must be in every sense a military establishment, with all the traditions and established requirements that follow from that. But it must also be a thoroughly modern healthcare facility, built to meet exacting standards and fit for the 21st century which is certain to see huge advances in both medical technology and clinical practice in trauma rehabilitation. The Defence establishment will be a bespoke facility, diverse in its functions and its design, and the only one of its kind.

As the main contractor, Interserve are engaging a construction team, bespoke to this project, drawing on the expertise and resources of more than 100 different subcontract companies with a diverse range of specialist construction skills. Construction labour levels on site will increase as work progresses, reaching a maximum of 1,000 men and women.

For all enquiries call Interserve on 0121 344 4888 or email

The project team


BS Stanford Limited

70 Grosvenor Street, London, W1K 3JP

Employer’s representative and project manager

Arup & Partners Limited

13 Fitzroy Street, London, W1T 4BQ

Quantity surveyor

Osbornes Limited

Orchard Court V, Binley Business Park, Harry Weston Road, Coventry, CV3 2TQ

Custodian of classical design

John Simpson Architects Limited

29 Great James Street, London, WC1N 3ES

Principal contractor and principal designer

Interserve Construction Limited

George Road, Erdington, Birmingham, B23 7RZ

General information

Considerate constructor scheme

The Defence establishment construction project has registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme. This is the national initiative set up by the construction industry to improve its image. Interserve Construction Ltd is registered with the Scheme and is monitored against a Code of Considerate Practice, designed to encourage best practice beyond statutory requirements. The Scheme is concerned about any area of construction activity that may have a direct or indirect impact on the image of the industry as a whole. The main areas of concern fall into three categories: the general public, the workforce and the environment. To find out more please click here.


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If you are a service provider or supplier and have a question about procurement for the Defence establishment, contact Kudzi Chirombe of Interserve Construction Ltd on 0121 344 4888.