NATTA Builds a Helipad for Basildon Hospital!

Natta is currently a sub-contractor working on Redrow’s Westley Green development in Basildon. Here Natta is providing the infrastructure upgrade of an existing country road, together with, the main first section of spine road for a site that eventually will have 725 houses and a new school.

Earlier this year, Redrow Homes introduced Natta to Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT). Keen to further our cause to support charities, local initiatives and communities where we work, Natta constructed a new helipad free of charge for EHAAT and Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital.

Patients taken to Basildon Hospital by Essex & Herts Air Ambulance now arrive via a specially-constructed helipad at Basildon Golf Club.

helipad for Basildon Hospital

L to R: Cliff Gale (Operations Director, EHAAT), Callum Baines (Project Manager, Natta), John Whelan (Managing Director, Natta)

Cliff Gale, Operations Director at EHAAT said: “After successful campaigning from the community and a strong proposal submission from Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, we are thrilled to be able to use the new helipad at Basildon Golf Course. Due to the nature of our work, Basildon is one of the most frequented hospitals in the region. For those patients who are critically ill or injured and require the best possible care for cardiothoracic issues, Basildon is the most suitable place for them, and we are glad we can continue to cater for these patients effectively. We cannot thank the partners enough, especially Basildon Golf Course for hosting the helipad and Natta and Redrow Homes for constructing it for us and working tirelessly to make this happen.”

Callum Baines, Project Manager at Natta Building Company commented, “It is part of Natta’s philosophy to add value to the communities that we work in. The project involved creating a new landing site and access road for the Air Ambulance in close proximity to the Basildon University Hospital. The team and I enjoyed working on the landing site. When we see the Air Ambulance around the area, we are proud that we aided in giving it a safe place to land.”

Colin Jenkins, a director of Basildon Golf Course, said, “We are delighted to have been able to help to supply the necessary land for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance. They do a fantastic job and are now occupying a piece of ground that we are currently not using. It is close to the hospital and we hope it will save many lives.”

The operation of the helipad brings EHAAT one step closer to realising its longer-term vision of positioning a permanent helipad in the grounds of Basildon Hospital, which will ensure patients receive the best possible care quickly and more efficiently.

About Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT)

(EHAAT) is a Charity that provides a Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) for the critically ill and injured of Essex, Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas. The service is provided free of charge but, unlike NHS emergency services, the Charity receives no direct funding from the Government or National Lottery. It costs £500,000 every month to keep the service operational and saving lives, and this would not be possible without the generosity and goodwill of people and businesses of Essex, Hertfordshire and beyond.

Natta Supporting Communities

Working to support the local community and charities at the sites where we work is always high on Natta’s agenda. Where possible, local labour will be employed and local materials sourced.

Recently, Natta undertook the groundworks for a new pavilion and tractor shed at Fernie Fields Sports Club in Northampton. Primarily, the use of this will be for sport for disabled children and community charity groups. We are looking for similar projects where we as a business can help and give something back to the community.

If your project will add value and have a positive impact on your local area please contact marketing@natta.co.uk to discuss.

Posted by Jo Whelan

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