McLaren Construction to develop ambulance service hub in UK

WCN Editorial Team 12 May 2021 EUROPE BUILDINGS

McClaren Construction has commenced work on a new service hub for West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) in Sandwell, the UK.

 Developer Stoford is delivering the 76,000ft2 £20m hub, which when completed will be the largest of its kind in the country. It will accommodate 350 operational ambulance staff.

McLaren expects to finish work on the scheme in time for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, which will begin in July 2022.

This hub will also feature a facility for the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), vehicle preparation and fleet maintenance areas.

Stoford director Tony Nash said: “This is a significant development for West Midlands Ambulance Service and an important national infrastructure project, so we’re pleased to have made a start on delivering the scheme, just a short time after we received planning approval.

“As a former quarry site that was undeveloped for 15 years, it is a technically challenging building project, so receiving financial support from the West Midlands Combined Authority to make it viable has been crucial in getting it ready for development.”

WMAS director of strategic operations Craig Cooke added: “This is an important hub for the Service not just for the Commonwealth Games but for our ongoing ability to deliver high quality care to the people of Birmingham and the Black Country.

“It will also see a major upgrade in our central stores facility, which has played such a vital role during the pandemic, but also a big step forward in facilities for our Education & Training team and the Hazardous Area Response Team.

“Talking to staff, they are excited to see the new building developed and we will be working with them to ensure it fully meets their needs.”

WMAS caters to a population of 5.6 million people and covers over 5,000 square miles.

It consists of Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, the West Midlands, and Warwickshire.

Aiming to achieve the BREEAM Excellence rating, the hub will feature 365 parking spaces.

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Image: This hub will also feature a facility for the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), vehicle preparation and fleet maintenance areas. Credit:  West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust.

 

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