Work has begun at a new multimillion-pound ambulance station on the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds, as a chief has reiterated how it will improve the service for patients. 

The East of England Ambulance Service Trust's new £10 million hub will include a vehicle workshop and dedicated vehicle preparation areas to enable crews to get to patients more quickly. 

The building, which is due to be completed in the summer of 2024, will also include staff wellbeing facilities, such as a gym.

East Anglian Daily Times: The new station will aim to improve the response provided to patientsThe new station will aim to improve the response provided to patients (Image: Corstorphine & Wright)

Work to clear the site began earlier this year, and the foundations and ground floor slab for the building are complete. 

Now, the steel frame, walls and roof will be built before the interior finish begins. 

Tom Abell, chief executive at EEAST, said: "It’s great to see work underway on this new building, which will mean our colleagues can spend more time every shift helping patients instead of stocking their vehiclesWork at the start of a shift.

"We’ll also be able to provide a better environment for our colleagues, with improved facilities and wellbeing areas."