Lifesavers search to find a new base

The Air Ambulance Service is looking for a new base
The Air Ambulance Service is looking for a new base

The air ambulance service which covers Northamptonshire is searching for a new base.

The Air Ambulance Service – which includes the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance – currently operates from Coventry Airport. It is shortly due to introduce a national service, The Children’s Air Ambulance.

Because of the extra demands being put on the service the charity has identified a need to acquire a new 20,000 sq ft operational base, including hangar space for its fleet of helicopters

The new centre is needed to enable the service to expand its operational reach and continue to deliver its crucial life-saving medical services.

Ian Leather, director at national commercial property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton, which has been tasked with advising on the acquisition, said: “We are delighted to be acting on behalf of the air ambulance on such an important project.

“We have to be mindful that a charitable organisation can’t be seen to spend ‘top dollar’ on a piece of land and buildings for the delivery of a new base so we are looking to identify land or buildings that can be secured at a competitive rate.”

LHS will look at sites in the entire area covered by The Air Ambulance Service, including Northamptonshire.

The service was originally established as the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance in 2003.

In 2008 it was expanded to encompass Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland and in 2011 it acquired the charity The Children’s Air Ambulance.