Scarborough Ambulance Hub Scarborough, UK
Corstorphine & Wright was appointed to create a centralised ambulance base for the storage and maintenance of a large fleet of ambulances and dispatch vehicles for Yorkshire Ambulance in Scarborough.
Ambulances are initially located at the hub and are then dispatched to local spoke sites to start operations. The facility includes vehicle maintenance, staff, wellbeing and welfare facilities.
Corstorphine & Wright explored design opportunities over a number of sites to help inform the site purchase. Once the site, which is adjacent to Scarborough Hospital, was selected, our team developed the design to accommodate challenging access and level constraints on this steep site to ensure safe and quick access and egress.
Extensive stakeholder engagement was carried out to ensure the facility met the needs of the end user. The team engaged with additional consultants to ensure the BREEAM and Net Zero Carbon (NZC) requirements are met.
The design had to overcome the pressures of a very constrained site to ensure ambulances had good, safe access and egress beyond the hub, providing a facility that delivers all the trusts requirements.
We wanted to maximise the opportunity for NZC and staff wellbeing, therefore we designed the office and welfare separate to the vehicle maintenance workshop, as these areas have two very different uses.
In doing this, we were able to reduce the volume of the building which in turn supports the ambition for NZC by minimising heating demands.
To further support NZC, we have developed the design of the vehicle maintenance workshop to introduce rooflights to maximise daylight, and quick opening doors to reduce energy consumption.
Externally, we have explored Modern Methods of Construction elements and SIPS panels.
Staff access is straight from the car park into the office / welfare area to reduce the need for staff walking near the ambulance bays and vehicle maintenance workshop.
The office and staff area of the building will be timber clad with a timber colonnade with canopy, to provide solar shading to combat over heating in the building, giving consideration to the new Building Regulations Part O.
As with all NHS buildings, the Ambulance Hub will have a BREEAM target of Very Good and we are currently working towards acheiving NZC, awaiting the results of the first analysis.