- Monday, 17 September 2018 11:54
Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) is asking for feedback on plans for a station redevelopment in Avonmouth.
Originally built in 1958, currently, plans will see the station demolished in stages to make way for a new state-of-the-art station on the same location, with a planning application set for October.
The new station, costing circa £4m on St Andrew’s Road, will help improve response, operational efficiency and prevention work for both staff and our community. This development will provide a cost-effective, modern and fit for purpose facility.
Following an 18 month build proposed for the second quarter of 2019, the new station will feature five new double depth appliance bays, office and accommodation facilities, a lecture theatre, training and skills provision.
In developing the project, other Blue light organisations have also been consulted. The scheme will incorporate a setting down point for South Western Ambulance Service, which can be used to assist in quickly deploying resources in the area.
As part of the development, AF&RS will be targeting a high standard of environmental and energy efficiency including a BREEAM rating of Excellent, extending beyond the requirement of Building Regulations and the inclusion of renewable technologies such as solar panels.
Stuart Howison, Major Projects Manager for AF&RS, said: “This is about us investing in the future.
“Avonmouth Fire Station is one of our key improvement areas and this is about matching risk to resource while ensuring staff will have every facility they need for the foreseeable future.
“The new station will help bring the area up to date while meaning we can better serve the local community, accommodate crews and modernise a key part of the Service.
Avonmouth, Bath and Weston-super-Mare fire stations will all see investment over the next five years following condition surveys which found them to be most in need of redevelopment.
The redevelopments come following the £18m sale of the Service’s old headquarters in Temple Back after more than 40 years.
The investment will be a positive step as the Authority aims to improve Avon Fire and Rescue Service across the region and follows the success of the modernisation of Hicks Gate and Temple Fire stations in recent years.
Cllr Donald Davies, Chair of Avon Fire Authority, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to use the sale of the former HQ to make a real difference to several stations across our area.
“Avonmouth is the first in a series of improvements that will see us modernise the Service.
“We are positively investing this money to ensure communities served by AF&RS are safe and the fire service can continually improve and better respond to the needs of the community long into the future”.