Representatives of Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and contractor G F Tomlinson will participate in a topping out ceremony at the new Worksop Fire Station on Thursday 16 December to mark the completion of the exterior building work.
Those attending will include some of the full-time and on-call firefighters who will crew the new station on completion, members of the Fire Authority, G F Tomlinson Managing Director Chris Flint and the project team constructing the station.
Work will now continue on the interior of the £3.4 million building which is due to open in May. It will incorporate fire engine bays, a gym, meeting rooms, offices, an external three-storey training tower, a generator and landscaping to the grounds.
The new fire station will be built using the latest renewable technology and will have the capacity to self-generate up to 50% of its energy consumption. It will replace the existing fire station nearby at Eastgate, which is an ageing and costly-to-run facility, built in 1963.
Chief Fire Officer John Buckley said: "We've been looking forward to this day and, thanks to the hard work of our own Estates Team and G F Tomlinson, we're five months ahead of schedule. This building will allow us to continue to deliver our community prevention, fire protection and emergency response work efficiently and help keep the people of Worksop and the surrounding areas safe."
Chair of the Fire Authority Councillor Michael Payne said: "I am very pleased to see that the exterior building work is now finished. The new fire station represents an important investment in the local community and demonstrates our commitment to making Bassetlaw safer. I now look forward to the opening of the new station."
Fire Authority Member Councillor Sybil Fielding said: "The new station will help the firefighters to maintain excellent services, going forward, to their communities in Worksop and Bassetlaw by providing them with a modern, environmentally friendly building with purpose-built facilities."
Chris Flint, Managing Director of G F Tomlinson, said: "It is great to see the exterior building work complete as this important project reaches a new milestone, several months ahead of schedule. The state-of-the-art fire station is being constructed to an extremely high energy-efficient standard, to provide the best possible facilities so that firefighters can continue their crucial work and to serve the local communities for years to come, whilst being kind to the environment. We're very much looking forward to seeing works progress towards a successful completion in spring next year."