Local company as primary contractor for new airbase

WILTSHIRE Air Ambulance has appointed Rigg Construction (Southern) Limited as the primary contractor for the building of its new airbase on land at Outmarsh Farm, Semington, near Melksham.

Rigg, based in Bowerhill, Melksham, were selected by the charity’s Board of Trustees after a competitive tendering process.

Rigg, which has been trading since 1989, have successfully delivered a range of new build schemes including commercial, community and school projects in Wiltshire and surrounding counties.

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Phil Rigg, the company’s Managing Director, said: “We are extremely proud to have been appointed as the primary contractor for Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s new airbase. The new building is a prestigious development for Wiltshire and as a local company we are delighted to be involved. As well as our own staff we will be using sub-contractors, many of whom will be local to Wiltshire and surrounding counties. We are looking forward to starting work on the project and building an airbase that the county can be proud of.”

Kevin Reed, Head of Operations at Wiltshire Air Ambulance, said: “Following the granting of full planning permission by Wiltshire Council we have bought the land for our new airbase and are absolutely delighted to have appointed Rigg Construction to lead on this building project. Rigg are a Wiltshire based company and they clearly have the ability and desire to complete this exciting project on our behalf. The new airbase will bring together our helicopter, aircrew and charity team onto one site in a central location in Wiltshire. Owning our own land and airbase will enable the charity to have full control over its future.”

The £5.1 million structure will be a two-storey building of approximately 1,500 square metres, set in just under 12.5 acres. It will include a Flight and Operations Centre for the aircrew, a hangar for the helicopter and medical equipment, offices for the Charity Team and a specialist training suite.

Work is due to start on site on Monday 24 April.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance needs to raise the remaining £1.25 million needed to complete the building and equipping of the new airbase. The charity launched its Airbase Appeal just under three months ago and the total raised so far is just over £241,000.

To donate to the Airbase Appeal and find out how to get involved go to www.wiltshireairbaseappeal.co.uk, text BASE17 and the amount you would like to donate to 70070, email [email protected] or call the charity team on 01380 739453.