BAM has been named preferred contractor for the Ambulance & Fire Services Resource Centre in Wrexham. This is the first joint practice centre to be commissioned through the partnership scheme of the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust and the North Wales Fire & Rescue Service. The design and build contract was procured through the Designed for Life: Building for Wales Framework.
The new shared centre near Wrexham Maelor Hospital is expected to improve the ability of the two services to respond to incidents.
The two-storey building will provide 3,600m2 of floor area. The ambulance service will have a work depot for its vehicles together with a ‘Make Ready Area’ and its own administration office. The fire service will have its own garaging facilities for eight vehicles, an administration office and a fire training house. The facility has been designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating.
Completion is scheduled for January 2016.
A 15m-wide ‘ecological corridor’ will be preserved along the Gwenfro river bank, whose residents include bats and otters. There will be additional planting, fencing erected and bat boxes installed.
The BAM design and build team includes IBI Nightingales, Arup and Lorne Stewart. BAM’s supply chain partners also include Turner & Townsend Cost Management and Capita Consulting Health & Wellbeing.
The client project team includes Mace, Aecom and Turner & Townsend.
BAM construction director Ged Flanagan said: “We are delighted to be chosen for this contract which follows an earlier ‘Make Ready’ depot that BAM constructed in Flintshire. We have worked closely with both services who have similar overall needs as well as their own specific requirements. It is an interesting scheme with an innovative approach and now planning has been granted we are looking forward to delivering the project.”