An old ambulance office building in Liverpool is to be demolished to make way for a new base for Merseyside’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART). Located in the northern part of the city, the new ambulance station will also include training facilities for these specialist paramedics who attend major incidents across the region.
Having been a base for the regional ambulance service prior to the creation of North West Ambulance Service in 2006, and home to its control room before it moved to a new build site in the south east of the city, local residents were used to having an ambulance presence in the area. The trust consulted with residents about the new use of the site and said it was ‘delighted that the green light has been given to go ahead with the project.’
“HART members have a complex range of vehicles and equipment and have stringent training needs and so this site will include all of that and enable them to quickly respond to incidents throughout the Cheshire and Merseyside area. Staff are looking forward to having a state-of-the-art base with modern facilities and we are delighted that we can transform a site that has been a part of the ambulance service for many years.”NWAS Assistant Director of Resilience, Steve Hynes.
The site will include office accommodation with training classrooms, offices and meeting rooms, a gym and a large garage, while externally, the large radio tower will be replaced with a training climbing tower.
Wates Construction Group will deliver the project with work set to start in March, with an estimated move-in date of June 2025.
NWAS Chief Executive, Daren Mochrie spoke to Emergency Services Times last year about his vision for the service.