Work Starts on New Fort William Station

 Wednesday 27 February 2013

Work has begun on a new £4.7 million Area Command Police building in Fort William that will become the home to the Scottish Ambulance Service in a joint project with Northern Constabulary.

The Service will move into the new building from the current Inverlochy  station, occupying 185 square metres of the purpose built facility, which is 1,747 square metres in total, located on the Blar Mor Development site nest to the A830.

Around 30 ambulance staff will be based at the new station and 3 emergency ambulances, an officer response car for scene management and 3 Patient Transport vehicles will operate from the facility. Each year, staff in Fort William respond to over 1,000 emergencies, transfer around 400 patients to Glasgow and Edinburgh and transfer 3,500 patients to and from hospital clinics.

Graham MacLeod, Head of Service, North West, Scottish Ambulance Service, said:
"The new facility will provide an effective modern working environment that meets all important infection control standards. The inclusion of a training and conference rooms will support the continued professional development of ambulance staff and Fort William will become a training centre within the region. The new location is ideal and offers direct access to the main road, which will improve response times."

Northern Joint Police Board Convener, Norman M MacLeod said: “The new Fort William Police Station represents the Northern Joint Police Board’s ongoing commitment to policing in Lochaber.

“The station will also house the Scottish Ambulance Service who will be moving from their Inverlochy base.

“This is an excellent example of collaborative working, which provides best value for the people of Fort William and the surrounding area.”

He added: “This will be a state-of-the-art building which will provide a much improved base from which to operate efficiently and make maximum use of Police resources in Lochaber.”

The new building will incorporate sustainable technologies such as “Ground Source Heating Pumps” and “Heat Recovery Technology”, with welfare facilities being shared between the Police Service and the Ambulance Service to further reduce costs. The new building will be approximately 700m2 larger than the existing building, but due to the nature of the sustainable technologies incorporated in the building, it is projected that running costs will be reduced by 33% on the costs of the old building.