Town’s 999 station to be demolished and replaced
Health chiefs with the West’s main ambulance service have unveiled a major new project to build a new ambulance station.
The Great Western Ambulance Service (GWAS) is to knock down the existing ambulance station in Chippenham and build a new, fit-for-purpose station on the same site.
The project will be funded by selling off nearby land and offices, and the service’s former training college.
It is the first major development following a big review of all GWAS’s properties – it currently has around 30 ambulance stations across Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and what was Avon, but says the nature of ambulance services in the 21st century means it might not need all in the future.
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GWAS boss Ken Wenman said: “The current Chippenham station is at the end of its economic life. A new station will benefit staff and patients through improved facilities for crews, training rooms and built to the latest specifications to reduce maintenance and running costs.
“We are also keen to explore the possibilities of providing additional facilities at the new station – such as consulting rooms for other healthcare providers and other public services such as a pharmacy.
“The facilities next to the station – the former Wiltshire Ambulance Service HQ buildings and the former training college – are surplus to requirements.”