Work starts on new Cornwall Air Ambulance base

Work starts on new Cornwall Air Ambulance base

30-Mar-2011 Source: HeliHub.com

Work has officially started on the new base for the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust.  Lord Lieutenant for Cornwall Lady Mary Holborow, as guest of honour, cut the first piece of turf at the site on Trevithick Downs on the south side of Newquay Cornwall Airport on Monday March 28th.  Lady Mary was joined by charity trustees, some of the fundraising team and volunteers, as well as members of the construction project team and officers from Cornwall Development Council also attended to witness the official commencement of works.

Earlier this month, we announced (here) that Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust was awarded almost £1 million of ERDF Convergence match-funded investment towards the development, and Carleen Keleman, director of Convergence was also present for the turf-cutting.  The Trust took the opportunity to confirm that Plymouth-based firm Morgan Sindall has been appointed as principal contractor to build the new base, which brings together not only the hangarage and operational aspects of their work, but for the first time in the UK, the charity fund-raising side of the organisation in the same building. Morgan Sindall has pledged to direct 65% of its subcontracted services to Cornish businesses to ensure the investment is injected back into supporting the Cornish economy.

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