Completion due end of July

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The building of the new St John Ambulance hub, forecast to cost $1.7 millon, is on schedule.

St John Hokonui area chairwoman Karen Morris said the 559sq m single-storey building, sited in Charlton Rd, was progressing well.

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

“We’re looking at completion at the end of July,” Ms Morris said.

“It’s very exciting.”

The new station complies 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.

Some of the furniture and appliances used in the former building in Main St that were suitable would be transferred to the new hub on completion, Ms Morris said.

She thanked the public for its support of the project, saying it was very much appreciated.

Once the building was finished there would be an open day for the public to view the new station, on a yet to be confirmed date, she said.