Turning Up the Heat in the Blue Light Sector with Fire Station Wins

Kimberley Workman
Faithful+Gould is turning up the heat in the blue light sector after being appointed to provide project management, quantity surveying and health and safety services for two new north east fire stations.

Work is already underway on the state-of-the-art community fire stations, located in Alnwick and Hexham, with Faithful+Gould working closely with Northumberland County Council to deliver the projects.

The £5m Alnwick project is due for completion in spring 2017 and includes the construction of a modern, fit-for-purpose station with training facilities as well as a new council depot. Being built on Northumberland County Council's site at Lionheart Industrial Estate, the new station is designed to be more cost-efficient and provide improved community services.

Northumberland County Council Alnwick Fire Station

Councillor Dave Ledger, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council, who has responsibility for the fire and rescue service, said: "We are delighted to be able to improve the fire service for our communities. The new Alnwick site will have so many advantages compared to the current fire station, with state-of-the-art facilities fit for the 21st century."

The £2.2m community fire station in Hexham is being built at the Hexham General Hospital site and is expected to be complete by December 2016. It will house two fire appliances to serve Hexham and surrounding areas, along with a Swift Water Rescue unit and facilities available to the local community.

Approved last year, the scheme is being carried out by Northumberland County Council in partnership with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, which manages the hospital.

Paul Hedley, chief fire officer at Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, said: "The existing fire station has served Hexham for many years but is no longer fit to support the needs of a modern fire and rescue service. The new station will provide a range of great facilities that will benefit both fire officers based at the station and members of the community."

Michael Connelly, project manager at Faithful+Gould, said: "These exciting projects will give a stronger link to local people; integrating outstanding community services with first-class operational facilities. We look forward to working closely with Northumberland County Council to provide our exceptional fire and rescue teams with modern, innovative and fit-for-purpose buildings."

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