Building new St John station going to plan

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The building of a 559sq m single-storey ambulance station for Gore estimated to cost just under $1.5 million is under way, with work on schedule.

The station is being built in Charlton Rd.

St John has about 85% of the money for the build in hand and is fundraising to pay for the balance.

St John decided to replace the building after a nationwide assessment of stations found deficiencies in the Gore station.

The new station will comply with IL4 (Importance Level 4) standards, which deem an ambulance station to be essential to post-disaster recovery and require it to be able to continue to function after a disaster.

A ground-breaking ceremony at the site of the new St John station was held on February18.

St John Hokonui station manager David Bone said the building project was on schedule. The main building contractor was Ajax Building Contractors.

“They are getting the base foundation down – we’re on schedule,” he said.

The contractors had enjoyed favourable weather conditions, he said.

It was hoped the building would be finished in July, Mr Bone said.

The fundraising was progressing well.

“We’ve been getting some nice donations in from members of the public,” he said.

St John Hokonui Area executive officer Vicki Kelly said the organisation had been favoured by good weather for the build so far.

As well as receiving donations for the new station from the public, the organisation was working on other fundraising ideas, Mrs Kelly said.