The rebuild of Uttoxeter Fire Station is this week another step closer as construction work starts. The state of the art community facility, to be located on the existing station site, will open in February 2011.
The current station was built nearly 50 years ago in 1960. 17 retained firefighters currently work at the station.
During December the constructors, Stepnell, will clear the site and prepare the land. Demolition work on the existing station will commence in February 2010, at which point firefighters and the appliance and equipment will move into temporary accommodation, which will be positioned at the front of the site, ready for the construction of the new build. The operational effectiveness will not change throughout the construction phase and the Service will maintain a full response to all emergencies.
Letter have been sent to residents and businesses located close to the fire station, informing them of the construction work that will be taking place and when they can expect contractors to be working.
Area Commander for East Staffordshire, Mick Archer said: "It’s a busy time for the firefighters at Uttoxeter as they prepare to move into temporary accommodation, but it’s exciting knowing that the end result will be a fantastic community fire station with the latest facilities.
“We look forward to working with the local community in the coming months as we plan to bury a time capsule within the foundations of the new fire station, so we will be looking for contributions from local residents and partners.”
Cllr Geoff Morrison who sits on the Fire and Rescue Authority said; “It’s taken years of hard work to get to this stage, so to now see actual construction work in progress, it’s very rewarding. The current station was built nearly 50 years ago now so a brand new station is certainly welcomed."
The station is one of ten new stations being built under the £46 million private finance initiative (PFI) project. The consortium delivering the project is called Fire Support (see Notes to Editor 1) and construction company, Stepnell, have been contracted to carry out the build.