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We are delighted to announce that construction work has started today on our new Air Operations base in Almondsbury, South Gloucestershire, which we will share with National Police Air Service (NPAS).
BAE Systems purchased the land in Almondsbury for use by GWAAC and NPAS as part of the agreement to sell Filton Airfield, where the services are currently based.
The construction will involve a new purpose-built hangar, grassed final approach and take off area, car park and access road. A new entrance will also be built which will allow access onto the A38, ensuring that even when we cannot fly, our doctors and paramedics can get to patients quickly in our Critical Care Car.
Anna Perry, GWAAC Chief Executive said: “Everyone at GWAAC is pleased that work is beginning. The charity is desperately in need of a modern air base and this great location will mean that even when we cannot fly, our doctors and paramedics can get to patients quickly in our Critical Care Car.”
Our crew and members of the charity team attended the site today to witness the milestone. We are planning to relocate operations from Filton Airfield to Almondsbury in autumn 2018.
The old hangar at Filton Airfield will be handed to Aerospace Bristol, a new museum celebrating Bristol’s aerospace industry, as part of BAE Systems’ sponsorship of the museum.
Pictured from left: Chief Executive Anna Perry, Air Operations Officer Vicky Brown, Senior Base Pilot Captain Jim Green, Critical Care Dr Matt Campbell, Chair Nigel Pickersgill, Critical Care Dr Scott Grier, Critical Care Paramedic Pete Sadler, John Christensen