The project to re-build Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service's Newark Fire Station entered its next phase last week – with a partial demolition now in full swing.
Contractors moved onto the site on Monday (15 May) to install perimeter fencing and put in place various health and safety measures, before starting the demolition process on Wednesday (17 May).
This work, which is being carried out by The Gelder Group, will see the red brick buildings to the left of the station's appliance bay be taken down to make way for the brand new station and training tower.
It marks the start of what is expected to be a 12-month construction process, and comes after the Service obtained planning permission to re-build the station towards the end of last year.
"After a lot of careful planning, and a competitive tendering process, we're really pleased that our appointed contractor has now moved onto the site and started work on the project," said Ian Pritchard, the Service's Head of Procurement and Resources and the project lead.
"As local residents will be able to see, they haven't wasted any time in getting to work and will be continuing to progress the demolition over the course of the next few weeks.
"Once this is done, we will be entering the build stage of the project – which we hope will be completed early next year."
Whilst work to build the new station is carried out, the current station will remain fully operational to ensure the continued provision of fire cover in and around Newark.
"The current Newark Fire Station is more than 50 years old and, whilst we will all be sad to see it go, we're very much looking forward to having a brand new home that will hopefully continue to serve the people of Newark for years to come – just as the current station has," said Newark Station Manager, Seth Armstrong.
"As well as housing our two fires engines, which are crewed by both wholetime and retained staff, the new station will also house our technical rescue unit and is a clear sign of the Service's commitment to keeping Newark, and the surrounding areas, as safe as possible."