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The Future of Emergency Services Design and Construction in the Spotlight

The Future of Emergency Services Design and Construction in the Spotlight
Written by Amy

Leading design and architecture company, HLM, presented at the ‘Fire Station Design and Construction Workshop’ this week at Wychwood Park Hotel & Golf Club in Cheshire on Wednesday 5th June 2019. The unique event brought together professionals from the Emergency Services sector in the areas of design and construction to share knowledge in a learning environment.

At the workshop, presentations from design and construction professionals were given with reference to finished and working projects. With guests from service departments and fire services across the UK, it provided a platform to network and discuss the challenges and opportunities of fire station design.

HLM’s Emergency Service design experience has been steadily growing over the past ten years. The company’s fire station buildings have been praised for aesthetic design and have won architectural awards. Yet the most important outcome from the design is the improved fire fighter turnout times, achieved by understanding each station’s operational requirements and processes and designing the building around them.

Speakers from HLM included Steven Lennon, HLM’s Head of Emergency Services and Associate Architect, who led the first talk of the day, ‘Future proofing emergency services design’. Olivia Paine, HLM Architectural Assistant, Workplace & Civic Regional Champion, also shared her knowledge on workplace wellbeing and user engagement.

Speaker Steven Lennon said, “At HLM, we were delighted to present at the Fire Station Design and Construction Workshop for another year. There is a vast breadth of knowledge and expertise across the team and we are looking forward to sharing this with the sector.

“This was a fantastic opportunity to discuss how to future-proof Emergency Services design, along with changes that need to be made to create a modern fire station building. I also discussed how to maximise training opportunities in design, sharing insight into HLM’s own projects and how we successfully fulfilled our client’s expectations.”

As HLM is also one of the key exhibitors at the event, attendees had the opportunity to meet with the team and gain expert knowledge on design within the Emergency Services sector.

Further speakers included Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue, sharing the opportunities and challenges of property collaboration, and Ridge, presenting on building energy efficiency and potential.

Find out more information through the workshop’s website www.firestationdesign.co.uk

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