We are pleased to be working on another Ambulance Make Ready centre and 999 call centre for SECAmb (NHS). Design and drawing work are already up to completing stage 4 and almost ready for construction. Westridge were the successful contractor.

The site is located on an industrial site on Bredgar Road, Gillingham, Kent. It is bounded by the existing industrial buildings, a major road link, and a railway line. The Gillingham building differs to the previous projects as it now includes two floors of call centre office space above the garages, mezzanine and general office space.

Structurally, the building is steel framed with precast concrete floors, clad in brick and insulated cladding panels. Due to the sloping site, the ground floor is part ground bearing and part suspended. Foundations step deeper locally to follow the depth of chalk.

The remaining area of the site is all for staff and ambulance parking and the surface water is drained to large soakaways into the chalk zone. The foul water discharges directly to the main sewer in Bredgar Road. Various retaining walls were required to lift the site levels to create level access and parking around the building for the ambulances.

Another interesting project and it’s great to be continuing our work for the NHS.