Capsticks is pleased to have advised South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) on the acquisition of a brownfield site in Gillingham. This complex transaction required Capsticks to support on a range of areas including environmental conditions and negotiating planning permission to meet SECAmb’s requirements.

The completion of this acquisition has been integral to the future of SECAmb’s delivery of emergency services. This new multi-purpose, £6.5m site is planned to be used as a combined ambulance make-ready centre, a vital service preparing ambulances and their equipment for every shift, emergency operations centre and NHS 111 clinical assessment service centre, as well as housing offices and training facilities. The site, which is expected to become fully operational by 2022, will be providing vital resources to the community, all under one roof.

Asfa Javed, Associate at Capsticks, said: “Capsticks is pleased to have supported SECAmb in this exciting new development of a combined ambulance make-ready centre, NHS 111 clinical assessment service centre and other vital emergency services. This transaction illustrates how our legal expertise can assist in developing the future of NHS services.”  

Paul Ransom, Head of Procurement and Strategic Estates at SECAmb, commented: “We are happy to have been able to close this deal during the COVID-19 pandemic, working in close partnership with the Capsticks team, and are keen to ensure the best experience moving forwards for all our staff and clients.

Capsticks have been healthcare specialists for over 40 years, with over 350 lawyers all engaged in healthcare, emergency services, housing or regulatory work, and are specialists in the closely-related sectors in which they work. The unrivalled knowledge and experience at Capsticks in real estate issues affecting NHS organisations nationally, ensures they can provide SECAmb with the support and guidance necessary.