Planning permission has been granted for the last community fire station of a £50m initiative by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service to create 11 new stations across the county.
“We are delighted that the last planning approval has been awarded and look forward to giving the residents of Rugeley and surrounding areas a community fire station they can be proud of and they can use.”
PFI Project Manager, Norma Putman
The final approval will see the station at Rugeley rebuilt on its existing site at a cost of around a £three million. The new building will include a training area for firefighters and facilities for community use.
The station is part of a £50m private finance initiative (PFI) funded project. The contractor, Blue3, will be responsible for the design, construction and ongoing maintenance of the new buildings. Construction on the first station – at Chase Terrace - is expected to start in spring with all stations completed by the end of 2015. Work on the Rugeley station should get underway by June 2013.
The rebuild of the Rugeley station will include a community room, seating for up to 20 people, a gym for use by firefighters and supervised community groups and training facilities. The site will also incorporate a memorial garden.
PFI Project Manager, Norma Putman said: “We are delighted that the last planning approval has been awarded and look forward to giving the residents of Rugeley and surrounding areas a community fire station they can be proud of and they can use.”
The PFI programme is the second for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. The first, which was completed in September 2012, brought three brand new stations and the rebuild of a further seven.