Essex & Herts Air Ambulance plans for the future
Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) has applied for planning permission to build new premises at North Weald in order to secure the future of the North Weald operation of the Charity.
Plans have been submitted to Epping Forest District Council. If the application is successful, the Charity plans to commence building work in 2019 and for this to be complete before October 2020.
Jonathan Trower, Chair of Trustees at EHAAT said: “The decision to proceed with this development, which will cost in the region of £4 million, was taken after long and careful consideration by the Trustees and the Executive Team.
Having looked at all the options for securing the long term security of our operation, we believe that building our own facility at North Weald is the best way forward. It will give us security of tenure after October 2020, when our current lease expires, and building ourselves results in significant cost savings compared to leasing a new building built to the same specification.”
“The Trustees are delighted that it has been possible to produce a design of such high quality which also meets the requirement of being as cost effective as possible.”
In addition to the proposed new Airbase at North Weald, the Charity is considering ways to improve and future-proof facilities at its Earls Colne Airbase.
Cliff Gale, Operations Director at EHAAT said: “As well as providing improved facilities for aircraft, vehicles and crew, the building will give EHAAT security of tenure which will allow us to plan effectively for the future.
“The proposed structure will contain areas for training, mentoring, patient liaison and cross training with other emergency services, which will benefit both EHAAT and the local pre-hospital care community. The new facility will also provide a visitor centre which will allow us to welcome and engage with the local community and space for our Hertfordshire Fundraising Team to work more closely with their clinical colleagues.”
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