A NEW £5.8m gym and rehabilitation centre is to be constructed at 40 Commando’s Norton Manor Camp near Taunton.

The facility will open next March and will boast a specialist centre for recuperation and a gym for general use.

Troops currently train in an old 1930s building and do not have any purpose-built rehabilitation facilities.

Major Renny Bulmer, of 40 Commando, described the new centre as “a fantastic military facility” and “a great boost to the men.”

He went on to say that the facilities will benefit not only those who have been injured, but those training to at reach the peak of physical fitness.

He said: “I think providing a gym will give us an ideal opportunity for the lads to keep fit and then when they do get injured they can come back here and receive treatment.”

The new facilities have been partly funded with contributions from military charities such as the British Limbless Ex Service Men’s Association (BLESMA).