Brain injury rehabilitation unit heads for Swindon


Swindon, Wiltshire has been earmarked for a new facility to support victims recovering from serious brain injury.

Plans submitted by The Disabilities Trust to establish an independent brain injury rehabilitation unit at Edison Park have been approved by Swindon Council.

Brain Injury Rehabilitation

The project, which will create around 70 jobs, will support the treatment and rehabilitation of sufferers of acquired brain injury through the trust's Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) division.

The trust's Mike McPeake noted the growing demand for BIRT's services and that it was looking continuously to develop new initiatives.

"The proposed facility will provide a much-needed state-of-the-art facility not just for Swindon but for the south west region," said Mr McPeake. "This new facility will be an extension of their services to serve a new area that is under-represented."

Swindon was chosen for the hospital's location because the trust wanted to extend the reach of its services.

55% of Edison Park office space remains vacant, despite tenants having been sought for some 10 years. BIRT is expected to replace 3 of the office units previously approved, equivalent in office space to 71,370 sq ft. On completion the project will create 35 full-time jobs, rising to 70 after 6 months, or once full occupancy is reached.

"In this period of uncertainty, there is no doubt this has a positive contribution towards increasing employment provision," continued Mr McPeake. He added that the development would provide essential services and a significant number and mix of job types.

On the developers' behalf, MJM Consulting Engineers Ltd ran assessments of how the proposal would affect nearby roads. A spokesman said the proposed works would handle the predicted extra traffic and up to a decade of future growth at medium levels.

The Conservative MP for South Swindon, Robert Buckland, welcomed the new jobs promised by the development, particularly in light of Biomet's recent departure to Bridgend. "Dorcan is an area where there's been some difficult employment news recently. It's a big vote of confidence in the town that vital facilities such as this want to locate in Swindon."

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