J Tomlinson starts work on ambulance station
Nottingham-based J Tomlinson has been appointed to build a new community ambulance station by St. Modwen at its Etruria Valley scheme in Stoke-on-Trent.
The 18,865 sq ft development is for West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) which is re-locating from its current location in Penkhull to the purpose-built hub facility and community ambulance station, allowing the expansion of the service to meet the needs of the city’s growing population.
It will be used principally for the maintenance and preparation of ambulance vehicles, including the repair, cleaning, re-stock and storage of ambulances and supplies, ensuring that ambulances are stocked and ready to go at the start of a shift. Part of the building will also provide offices along with training space and facilities for staff. 
Work has just got underway on the scheme, which is the latest that J Tomlinson has been involved with for St. Modwen.
Martin Gallagher, managing director (construction) at contractor J Tomlinson, said: “J Tomlinson is pleased to have been appointed by St. Modwen to build the new ambulance facility serving the North Staffordshire community. 
“This is the third scheme that we have constructed for St. Modwen, and also continues our existing relationship with West Midlands Ambulance Service, for whom we currently maintain 92 sites in the region.”
Euan Lindsay, senior development manager at St. Modwen, said: “Etruria Valley offers an ideal location for the new ambulance hub, providing easy access to the A500 arterial road which runs through Stoke-on-Trent a key component for the service in improving response times.
“The new purpose-built building will allow the service to accommodate its space requirements and expand in order to meet the demands of the city’s growing population.” 
Nick Henry, general manager for Staffordshire and Arden at WMAS, added: “Whilst the existing facility on Hilton Road has served the people of Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding areas extremely well since it was built in 1971, the increase in demand and higher clinical standards required mean it is no longer fit for purpose. 
“The new Community Ambulance Station will enable the service to provide the very best facilities, ensuring that our growing fleet of ambulances can be cleaned, prepared and restocked on a 24/7 basis so that we can continue to provide the highest standards of care to the people of North Staffordshire.” 
The site forms part phase 2 of the Etruria Valley redevelopment, which is already home to Vodafone, DPD Group and Hanley Economic Building Society.
Etruria Valley is part of Festival Park extending to over 300 acres and comprises major office and commercial development, a retail park, Leisure Park, 4-star 150-bedroom hotel, restaurants and housing. The development is strategically located off the A53 dual carriageway and within 400 metres of the A500 urban expressway, linking Stoke to junctions 15 and 16 on the M6. 
J Tomlinson, which is based at Beeston near Nottingham, and operates across the East Midlands, West Midlands and Yorkshire, recently opened a new West Midlands headquarters at Canwell, near Sutton Coldfield, after experiencing expansion in the region. 
The company provides a range of integrated building solutions including construction, refurbishment, repairs and maintenance, mechanical and electrical services (M&E), and facilities management.
For more details, visit www.stmodwen.co.uk or www.jtomlinson.co.uk

The picture shows from left to right, Euan Lindsay, from St. Modwen, Sean Coleman, from West Midlands Ambulance Service and Martin Gallagher, from J Tomlinson.
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