Mace completes two new fire stations for Humberside Fire & Rescue Service
Mace has completed two new stations for Humberside Fire and Rescue Service. The £14.5m project included the delivery of a 24-hour fully staffed station in Hull’s city centre and a station facility crewed by on-call firefighters in the village of Brough.
Mace was appointed by the client to provide project management, cost consultancy and design services in 2015. The project team included British architectural design company Jefferson Sheard as the lead architect, G F Tomlinson as the principal contractor, Alan Wood & Partners who provided structural and civil services and Sutcliffe Consulting Engineers who provided mechanical and engineering services.
The two stations sit in distinct contexts and serve different operational needs. The primary design objective for the Hull city centre station was to replace the existing and outdated facility with a fit-for-purpose and energy efficient building; at Brough a new station was designed to replace an outdated leased premises.
The two buildings presented their own unique design challenges along the way which resulted in the project team delivering two distinctly different schemes tailored to the needs of each station. Despite their differences, each station meets the original aspiration of providing two accessible and welcoming facilities to serve their local communities. Both stations incorporate amenities such as IT training facilities and gyms.
Both sites came with their own difficulties, including an infestation of Japanese Knotweed on one site and the discovery of a breeding set of protected water voles on the other. In both cases Mace worked with the principal contractor and the rest of the project team to deliver tailored solutions that allowed the projects to continue.
Dene Sanders, Chief Fire Officer for Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said:
“This is the third station to open in the last two years! This is a wonderful new facility – probably the best one yet in terms of its location, facilities and the journey we have gone through to get here.”
Lynne Parker, Mace’s Senior Project Director, said:
“Mace is always very proud to support our emergency services. The two fantastic new stations will now provide world class fire and rescue facilities, ensuring that residents in the region have access to the best possible emergency support. Projects like these are always very fulfilling to work on and deliver – it’s great to know that the work you’ve done will be making a real difference to so many people.”