Approval Given For New Fire Station
The new fire station will be sited at Great Western Business Park, just off Tolladine Road and will be a purpose built station with training facilities on site. Permission to develop and build on the site was given by the Planning Committee at Worcester City Council.
This location has been carefully selected following an extensive risk-mapping process which identified the site as being in an acceptable location for responding to incidents in Worcester and the surrounding area.
St Modwen, a regeneration company, has signed a development agreement to construct the new facility of behalf of Hereford & Worcester Fire Authority.
Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates said: “Our current fire station in Copenhagen Street has served us well for the last 70 years but lacks modern training facilities and is no longer fit for purpose. The site is very constricted and the building is very costly to maintain due to its age and design.
“Obviously the decision to build a new fire station in the current economic climate had to be carefully considered, but a new station for Worcester is vital if we are to provide a cost-effective and safe, fit-for-purpose location for our crews to work from. The building of this new station demonstrates our commitment to investing in the safety of the people who live in the city as well as our firefighters.”
The station will have five bays for vehicles, storage areas, offices, lecture facilities and will incorporate a training yard and training building, with provision for the Young Firefighters Association. The new building will be far more energy efficient and will provide significant savings in this respect over the medium to long term future.
Construction work on the new station will take an estimated 12 months to complete. Once the new site is fully operational the Service intends to sell its current site in Copenhagen Street to off-set the cost of providing a new station.