Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) is currently waiting for a decision on the planning application that was submitted for a rebuild of Newark Fire Station.
If the application is approved and permission is granted, the proposals will see the existing station demolished and replaced with a new building that is both modern and fit for the future.
It is hoped that contractors will be able to start work on the new station, which will include a brand new gym and training tower, somewhere between March and April 2017.
The new building should then be complete and home to Newark’s wholetime and retained staff by Summer 2018.
“The existing station has served us well for many years and, of course, it will be sad to see it go. However, it is more than 50 years old now and is expensive to run, so this feels like the right time for us to have a new building that can be our home going forward,” said Station Manager Seth Armstrong, who has been in charge at Newark for the last five years.
“It is an exciting time for us and it’s fantastic that the new building will be on the same site as the existing Newark Fire Station. Not only does this allow us to continue the legacy of the old station, but it means that our retained staff – who are required to live within five minutes of the station - will be unaffected.”
As well as featuring a new gym and training tower, the plans for the new station also include a number of other facilities such as desk space, kitchen and purpose build breathing apparatus and kit rooms.
Managing the project is Turner & Townsend Project Management Limited – who have most recently worked on the Service’s new London Road Fire Station.
“Being involved in this project is something we’re immensely proud of,” said Turner & Townsend’s Director, Peter Orton.
“As well as providing vital services to the people of Newark, the building’s energy efficient features will save the fire and rescue service money as well as providing the latest facilities for firefighter training.
“Throughout the last few months we have worked closely with NFRS, acting as lead consultant and providing project management, cost management and design services.”
The proposed layout and design of the new station has been drawn up by Maber Architects. Commenting on their involvement in the project, Colin Tompkins, Maber’s Director, said that they are thrilled to have had the opportunity to work on the project.
“We have worked closely with the fire service to provide a state-of-the-art design that will enable the station to remain in the same location that it has been in for more than 50 years,” he added.
“The building and training facilities have been carefully designed to sit within its surroundings, but also provide a facility that Newark will be proud of.”