Property industry rallies to build house for royal marine veteran

The Royal Marines Charity has worked with a range of industry players to design and build a bespoke house for a Royal Marine who was left disabled after contracting Q Fever while on tour in Afghanistan.

Corporal Phil Eaglesham was preparing to leave Camp Bastian in Afghanistan, after his third operational tour when he fell ill. He was diagnosed with Q Fever which is caused by a bacteria that comes from animals and develops into spores, which are then inhaled. The after-effects are extremely disabling and it has a huge effect on Phillip’s daily and family life.

The bespoke property enables the service veteran to move with greater independence. The completed house incorporates an open-plan kitchen/dining room leading to the lounge, connecting to a master bedroom with en-suite wet room.  Stairs and a lift lead to the first floor, with four double bedrooms and two bathrooms providing space for carers should this be required in the future.

The ground floor accommodation, with integral garage, provides level access via bi-folding doors from the lounge to patio area linking the accommodation to the level south-facing garden.  Lifting hoists and rails are installed to the lounge and master bedroom enabling Phil to transfer from his wheelchair independently, and a security surveillance system to allow Phillip to control access to the house from the lounge.

Underfloor heating to the ground floor ensures radiant heat and optimises wall space, and roof-mounted solar panels are installed to reduce energy bills.

The charity pursued the project through a mixture of networking to source support from the construction industry free of charge wherever possible, and paying for other services. Donors and supporters include: Patron Capital; Haldons Chartered Surveyors; Persimmon Homes; Grainge Architects; Mundy Construction; Howdens; Michelmores Solicitors; Stafford and Coomber; Brothwell Irvine; ArjoHuntleigh; Pasquill; Taunton Fabrications; Edenhall, Timoleon; and the team on site managed by Paul Edwards.

Sharky Ward, DCEO of The Royal Marines Charity said, “My particular thanks to Persimmon Homes for donating the plot, Grainge Architects for designing the build, and to our project manager Mark Coton of Haldons Chartered Surveyors, who has worked tirelessly FOC on this build over the past 18 months.”

“Words could never express how grateful and thankful we are; thank you could never be enough,” said Phil. “Just over a year ago I tried to take my own life. This house give us the chance to make a life and a future again. The independence that the house layout will give me is second to none. From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to thank The Royal Marines Charity, its supporters and everyone that is giving up their time and effort to help us with this life-changing project.”

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