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Waterproofing Basement Improves Rehabilitation Centre for Wounded Soldiers

August 6, 2018

The 6th Duke of Westminster, Gerald Grosvenor, had the idea of creating a new centre of excellence for clinical rehabilitation of seriously wounded soldiers in a new 21st Century bespoke facility.

The Duke personally led the fundraising campaign – primarily a major donor campaign to which he himself committed £70m. The Duke died in August 2016. He saw the foundations go in and the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) begin to take shape but, sadly, will not see the remarkable new facility come to life this year.

Premier Contractors are extremely proud to be involved in this marvellous facility at prestigious Stanford Hall where the country’s rehabilitation centre will be placed.

We were brought in for our unrivalled experience and expertise in the waterproofing in an area of the Stanford hall grounds called the Bothy.

A drained cavity system is the safest method available for maximum assurance against system failure. Ground water is controlled, diverted and harmlessly removed rather than being ‟blocked‟‟ at the point of entry, reducing the risk of an increase in hydrostatic pressure unlike directly-applied systems which generally increase the level of hydrostatic pressure imposed on the structure.

Like all our projects, our work at this wonderful facility is covered by our comprehensive 10-year guarantee backed by GPI insurance.

As the 6th Duke’s family continue to support his initiative, his idea and his contribution to making it happen will live on in the work that takes place at the DNRC and, most importantly, in the lives of the seriously injured people who benefit.

‘I have witnessed the shocking injuries our young soldiers, sailors and airmen suffer on the battlefield and have seen first-hand the struggle they are facing when rebuilding their lives. I feel strongly that we owe those who have volunteered to fight for our country, alongside forces from other nations, the best possible care and rehabilitation when they return. It is this belief that inspired me to look into how this could best be achieved.’
– Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster

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August 6th, 2018