Firefighters in Newark have moved into their new state-of-the-art fire station.
The new station has been designed to be much more energy efficient than the previous building which will reduce future annual running costs.
The work, which has been carried out by Gelder Group, has seen the red brick buildings to the left of the station's appliance bay taken down to make way for the brand-new station and tower.
Ian Pritchard, the Service's Head of Procurement and Resources and the project lead, said: “The move of crews into the station marks the end of the first phase of the Newark Fire Station Project.
“There is still work to be done, including the demolition of the old station’s appliance bays and a number of outbuildings which are no longer in use – but we’re really pleased to now have a brand new, state-of-the-art building added to the Service’s estate.
“Phase two will see the contractors developing the parking facilities and vehicular access. This is the first time that we’ve had a fire station remain fully operational whilst a new station was being built on the same site. This would not have been possible without the outstanding working relationship we have had with Gelder Group throughout the course of the project.”
Tony Yardley, District Manager for Newark and Sherwood said: “We were pleased to move into the new station this month. The watches are now settling in and making use of all the new facilities that this new station has to offer.
“I think it shows the Service’s commitment to serving the community in Newark for many years to come – with the station expected to have a life span of 50 years!”
Kevin Manterfield, major contracts director at Gelder Group said: “It’s been a privilege to be involved in rebuilding Newark fire station and providing the necessary facilities the firefighters need to train. We hope they find their new home useful for the vital work they do.”
The Service obtained planning permission to re-build the station towards the end of 2016 and demolition work began in May last year.