We are delighted to be able to update you with the progress on our new airbase. Check out the time-lapse footage below, showing the progress of the build from February through to June 2020.
The build was halted temporarily during lockdown. Work is now continuing at pace and we are looking forward to the base being fully operational by summer 2021.
The new building will give us security of tenure and will result in significant cost savings compared to leasing a new building built to the same specification.
As well as facilities for aircraft, vehicles and crew, the building will include space for training, mentoring, patient liaison and cross-training with other emergency services, which will benefit both EHAAT and the local pre-hospital care community.
It will also provide a visitor centre which will allow us to welcome and engage with our supporters; plus space for EHAAT’s Hertfordshire Fundraising Team to work more closely with their clinical colleagues.
In addition to the new airbase at North Weald, we are undertaking improvement works to the facilities at our Earls Colne airbase.
EHAAT is using a one-off grant from the Government to help pay for the new airbase, which will cost around £4.5 million.
How you can get involved through Buy-a-Brick
The airbase will incorporate a new helicopter viewing area comprising 4,000 bricks. All 4,000 bricks purchased from our Buy-a-Brick campaign will be used in the helicopter viewing area walkway, which will be accessible from the visitor centre.
You can choose from four virtual brick types and prices from Bronze through Platinum; with Platinum brick supporters being invited to a pre-launch event at our visitor centre.
Purchase your virtual brick and cement your part in this exciting development, by clicking the link below or by calling 0345 2417 690.
Over the coming months, we will update with the latest build photos.
Call us: 0345 2417 690
Lottery Hotline: 0345 2417 688
Donate: Text ‘HELI’ to 70588 to give £5
You will be charged £5, plus your standard network rate. 100% of your donation will go to Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT). By texting, you agree that EHAAT may phone or text you to tell you about our work. If you would prefer not to hear from us again, text HELI NO to 70588.
Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust is a registered charity in England and Wales (1108989). Registered company in England and Wales (05397840). Registered address: Flight House, The Business Centre, Earls Colne Business Park, Earls Colne, Colchester CO6 2NS.