Air ambulance move to new home in Rugby

Air ambulance
Air ambulance

Warwickshire’s air ambulance service has moved into its new headquarters in Rugby.

The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS ) currently run two services, one for Warwickshire and Northamptonshire and one for Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland.

The charity also runs the national Children’s Air Ambulance, which was launched in 2012, and transfers critically- ill children between hospitals.

The services provides a rapid response to emergencies across the five counties and have an average response time of 13 minutes, between the two services, they attend an average of six missions per day.

The Air Ambulance Service has moved from its premises in Princethorpe, which the service relocated to in 2010 after moving from Coventry Airport.

The charity moved into its new headquarters on October 17, which is located at Clifton House in Butlers Leap and is a 10,000 sq ft office building.

Currently, there are around 35 staff members in the charity’s new home.

A spokesman for The Air Ambulance Service said: “We had outgrown our previous premises at Princethorpe and were looking for somewhere bigger, somewhere more suited to our needs with a better working environment for our staff and this fitted the bill.

“Our charity was delighted to choose Rugby because of its central location and great transport links.

“As our volunteers need to come and visit us, being near public transport and in an easily accessible location is important to us.”

Edward Wakeford, of Stepnell, which is the company that owns and originally developed Clifton House, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Air Ambulance Service to Clifton House.

“We are continuing to invest in Rugby and the wider area and the inward relocation by TAAS is a sign of the town’s credentials.”