Plans to develop a new community fire station in the West Midlands were announced this month as partners gathered to officially launch the start of construction.
The £4million new build contract has been awarded to national contractors Bullock after a successful government bid secured the multi million funding needed for the development to go ahead.
Work on the state of the art, split level building, located on a 1.1 acre site in Cradley Heath, will start later this month and the station is expected to be fully operational by April next year.
Speaking about the contract award, Richard Baker, Regional Director at Bullock said:
“This is a significant contract win for Bullock. We’re delighted to have been awarded the work, which from a design perspective, incorporates a number of innovative elements including purpose built training facilities – featuring the likes of removable street furniture and simulated emergency environments – along with a range of community facilities for local people.”
Along with the many innovative design features included in the new build community fire station is an eco-friendly green roof complete with power generating solar photovoltaic cells. The project will also employ a number of young people from local construction colleges as part of a contract commitment to bolster local training and employment opportunities.
Gathering with other partners to see work start on the development, Councillor John Edwards, Chair of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority said: “We are keeping our promise to people in Halseowen and Cradley Heath to provide a brand new fire station, ideally located to serve local communities and to meet our five-minute target response time for life threatening incidents.”