Take-off for scheme to give air ambulance a new home

November 24 2017

CONSTRUCTION work has started on a new operations base in Almondsbury for the air ambulance.

CONSTRUCTION work has started on a new operations base in Almondsbury for the air ambulance.

The Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) was given planning permission by South Gloucestershire Council for the development, which will be shared with the National Police Air Service (NPAS).

GWAAC had been based on Filton airfield since its first flight in 2008 but closure of the site in 2012 for redevelopment meant the charity had to move.

BAE Systems bought the land in Almondsbury for use by GWAAC and NPAS as part of the agreement to sell the airfield.

The site will have a purpose-built hangar, grassed final approach and take-off area, car park and access road. 

A new entrance will also be built to give access onto the A38, ensuring that when the helicopter cannot fly, doctors and paramedics can get to patients quickly in a critical care car.

Anna Perry, GWAAC’s chief executive, said: “Everyone at GWAAC is pleased that work is beginning. The charity is desperately in need of a modern air base.”

It is planned to relocate operations to Almondsbury in the autumn of 2018.