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Niven have recently been commissioned to design a new HQ for the Great North Air Ambulance which provides life-saving cover across the region, taking the victims of medical emergencies and accidents to regional hospitals such as James Cook in Middlesbrough.

The brief was to find a way of locating most of the charity’s key operations onto one site: the benefits of which would enable them to reduce operational overheads, improve overall efficiency and make the charity even more effective.

Planning has now been granted for the complete renovation of the former Elementis Chromium site at Urlay Nook, near Eaglescliffe. The building will undergo a radical redesign of the existing accommodation to provide a permanent home for doctors, pilots, paramedics, administrators, fundraisers and the PR and marketing team in the two storey block. In addition, a new a 40m-square hangar capable of housing three helicopters, maintenance area, mechanical and medical equipment stores. medical centre, hangar and helicopter pad have been designed to sit on an adjacent part of the site.


Location: Eaglescliffe

Client: Great North Air Ambulance

Construction Value: £2.2M

Status: In progress

Role: Architect

Project Manager

Principal Designer

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