New Air Ambulance Base from Redundant Site

Our Brief was to convert a redundant nursery building into a fit for purpose operational base for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance for operation by daylight 365 days a year.

The Charity's most important asset - its MD Explorer Helicopter - needed a quality controlled and humidified environment that stored and protected it fully while on standby but allowed it to jump into action immediately an emergency arose.

The work involved increasing the eaves height and width on a section of the rear elevation to facilitate the installation of a single up and over motorised access door. Behind the scenes and crucial to the success of the operation are the dispatch, logistics and ground staff who monitor the ambulance on every step of a mission. The building was modified to provide the necessary operations and office accommodation for the ground crew to perform pre-flight checks and 'basic maintenance' of the helicopter as well as break out space and resting facilities for flight crews and medical personnel on down time. A helicopter landing pad was constructed to the north east of the building together with a bunded fuel store and horizontal take-off corridor.

  • essential life support medical services
  • 1500sqm refurbishment of redundant site to create Air Ambulance base
  • Upgrades operations, crew and support staff office areas
  • Thermal upgrading of structure for a sustainable future on site

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Project Architect

Andrew Brown

Partner in charge

Tony Mullin

Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Wakefield

Yorkshire Air Ambulance

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