First look at plans for new fire station

First look: The design for the new fire station
First look: The design for the new fire station

This is the first look at the design for Chorley’s new multi-million pound fire station.

Contractors Balfour Beatty have released the image for the first time after work began on neighbouring Blackburn fire station and a second in Fleetwood.

Chorley will be the last of four fire stations in the county to be over-hauled as part of Government plans costing £48m.

A further 12 stations across the country are also set to be improved as part of the UK fire service’s largest ever PPP project.

Contractors are expected to start on the new site, off Southport Road, next summer and it is believed the current depot in Weldbank Lane will be disposed of after the move.

Ian Tyler, chief executive of Balfour Beatty, said: “The upgrade of the stations will help meet the changing needs and support the modern practices of the fire and rescue service and provide a better environment for working, learning and training.

“We look forward to working with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Authority.”

When completed, the modern design will incorporate facilities for community use, including meeting rooms and multi-function lecture rooms.

The new Chorley base, which will be located within the Washington Hall training centre grounds, will also incorporate Southern Area headquarters, a training development department and a base for the Urban Search and Rescue team - which was recently deployed to Japan after the devastating earthquake.

Lancashire’s Chief Fire Officer, Peter Holland, said: “This is a major boost for Lancashire.

“Our fire prevention work with communities has driven down the incidence of fires to their lowest level ever.

“The four new Community Fire Stations to add to our existing two at Hyndburn and Morecambe offer tremendous facilities as a base for our fire safety work in those areas.

“In terms of emergency cover, today’s demands on Fire and Rescue Services are more challenging than ever, with a diversity of fire and other risks, volumes of traffic and road networks which were not envisaged when the fire stations in Blackburn, Fleetwood, Burnley and Chorley were built.

“I am confident that these new stations will enable us to keep ahead of the pace of change in those areas.

“They will also ensure that the first-rate standards of fire and rescue cover we provide there continue to be maintained.”