Our core purpose throughout this process remains on providing further advanced clinical care and save even more lives in the future. The duty and long-term focus remains on patients first and foremost, as well as staff, supporters, donors, volunteers and other key stakeholders.
In line with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) requirements, we undertook a robust search procedure. During this extensive process, we considered the local community and businesses, road links, noise levels for the operation of aircraft, flight safety, security, ground conditions, cost, size requirements and surrounding above ground infrastructure that might compromise flying operations.
However, the most important selection criteria is the geographical location, as it is vital to ensure we provide the shortest response times to incidents for the wider Midlands community. Analysis of flight times, air traffic and incident pattern data revealed the optimum location for the new facility is in the vicinity of our current airbase at RAF Cosford in Shropshire.
A site has now been selected for development. The preferred site is located on Neachley Lane, adjacent to RAF Cosford in Shropshire. A pre-planning application to build a modern purpose-built Centre for Excellence is currently with Shropshire Council for initial review.