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Work Starts on Special Ambulance Operations Centre at Skypark

St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, in partnership with Devon County Council, officially marked the start of works today (Tuesday 24 September) on the Ambulance Special Operations Centre (ASOC West) at the £210m Skypark* scheme, situated to the north of Exeter Airport.  

On completion, Skypark, one of the key developments forming part of the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point initiative**, will provide a 1.4m sq ft business park, comprising warehouse, industrial and office space and deliver up to 6,500 new jobs.  

Located within the initial phase of development will be the flagship operational ambulance facility. South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust will become the first occupier at Skypark to benefit from the ground-breaking E.ON Energy Centre located at the development. Once fully operational, the Energy Centre will provide a sustainable and cost-effective source of energy for all of Skypark’s occupiers via a state-of-the-art district heating system.  

The Ambulance Special Operations Centre (West) will be an operational ambulance facility that will provide a central response, training and administration facility for a range of the Trust’s specialist resources.   Operating 24/7, 365 days a year, a team of specially recruited, trained and equipped ambulance paramedics will provide the NHS ambulance response to a range of demanding, technical and potentially hazardous incidents across the whole of the Trust’s operational area, as well as a rapid response service to the local area including the emerging community of Cranbrook and enterprises of the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point.  

The new ambulance facility will enable better access for the South Western Ambulance Service across the South West***, due to the strong transport links with the M5 following the recent completion of two multi-million pound access points to the scheme and Exeter Airport.  

Ian Guy, Senior Development Manager for St. Modwen in the South West, commented: “Significant investment has been injected into improving Skypark’s overall infrastructure and connectivity over the past year to help attract new occupiers, such as ASOC, who will, in turn, help drive jobs and business opportunities in the area. All developments at the scheme are being built to meet the highest sustainable credentials with BREEAM Excellent Certification which will help reduce day-to-day running costs, and the start of work on this state-of-the-art facility is another major step forward for Skypark’s first phase of development.”  

Rob Cross, Project Manager at South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust, commented: “The Trust’s project team has worked closely with St. Modwen to bring about the delivery of this purpose-built operational ambulance facility. The Trust required a location that would enable it to respond to a wide range of incidents across the region as quickly as possible and at any hour of the day.  

“Skypark provides us with the ideal location for the new facility and will guarantee the delivery of an effective and essential rapid response service for the South West because of the quick access to the motorway and the communities along the M5 corridor, as well as air support via Exeter Airport.”  

Leader of East Devon District Council, Cllr Paul Diviani, added: “It is marvellous to see the first occupiers arriving at Skypark. We have been pursuing an infrastructure led approach to development here, building the roads, including the new Clyst Honiton bypass, and getting the heating network in place so occupiers can then establish themselves quickly and reap the benefits of Skypark’s strategic location.”  

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*St. Modwen is working with Devon County Council as the joint venture partner and developer of the £210 million Skypark scheme.  

**Exeter and East Devon Growth Point – The Exeter and East Devon Growth Point is a long term partnership for growth between the public sector (including East Devon District, Exeter City and Devon County Councils) and private sectors which was established in 2007. 

The vision is to build sustainable communities in Exeter and East Devon with the aim of providing skilled employment opportunities for residents close to where they will be living. In total the growth programme is expected to deliver around 20,000 new homes and over 25,000 jobs across the Growth Point area over the next 15 to 20 years and is worth well over £1bn.  

***Includes the areas of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the Isles of Scilly.   Notes to Editors   St. Modwen Properties PLC   St. Modwen is the UK’s leading regeneration specialist. The company operates across the full spectrum of the property industry from a network of seven offices, a residential business and through joint ventures with public sector and industry leading partners.  

The Company is focussed wholly upon regeneration with an outstanding 25 year track record of adding value by managing schemes through the planning process, remediating contaminated land and active asset management and development.   With extensive experience in dealing with complex and challenging sites, St. Modwen has a land bank of more than 5,800 net developable acres and is focused on the long-term development of commercial property and residential land.  

St. Modwen’s extensive national portfolio includes; the £2bn regeneration of New Covent Garden Market, London; the redevelopment of the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, London; the £1bn transformation of Longbridge, Birmingham and the on-going regeneration of over 2,500 acres of former industrial land in South Wales. For further information, visit    

St. Modwen South West / South Wales   St. Modwen’s South West/ South Wales operations are run from an office in Avonmouth, Bristol. Here the regional team works across the company’s vast regeneration project portfolio that comprises a total of 15 million sq ft of commercial accommodation and circa 11,600 homes across both regions.  

In the South West, St. Modwen’s property portfolio comprises 14 development regeneration projects based across Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Avon and Devon. Collectively, St. Modwen manages circa 910 acres (circa 580 acres net developable land) across the region on which it will build over 8 million sq ft of commercial accommodation and create circa 2,940 homes.   The company’s major projects in the South West region include the £270 million regeneration of Firepool in Taunton, the £400 million Locking Parklands development in Weston-super-Mare, the £210 million Skypark development in Exeter, the £150 million Littlecombe scheme in Dursley and the £150 million Access 18 scheme in Avonmouth.  

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust   South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) provides emergency and urgent care and patient transport services across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and the former Avon area (Bristol, Bath, North Somerset, South Glos). The trust employs 4,000 staff across 120 sites – including 96 ambulance stations, six air bases and five emergency operations centres as well as its headquarters in Exeter. The trust covers almost 10,000 square miles and serves a resident population of over 5.3 million people, with an estimated annual influx of more than 17.5 million tourists.    

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Date: 24 September 2013