As we move ever closer to the last quarter of this year, we reflect on what we’ve achieved in these unprecedented times. We’ve seen high-profile project wins, framework commissions and the completion of some truly fantastic projects.
Two recently-completed Fire Stations – adding to our growing Blue Light portfolio are: Aston Fire Station Refurbishment and the Wyre Forest Emergency Services Hub – delivered for West Midlands Fire Service, and Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service.
Both of these projects represent significant steps towards the modernisation and regeneration efforts by each Service to richly enhance their local communities and continue to shine as a beacon of best industry practice.
Won through a public sector procurement process back in 2016, the Aston Fire station presented a unique challenge for our project team – comprised of a Grade II Listed structure that was earmarked for demolition – to continue with a new-build process.
Keen to preserve the original fire house, Bond Bryan worked hand-in-hand with the Client – collaboratively exploring options for how we could develop the design and incorporate heritage building harmoniously into the design.
The result has seen the full refurbishment of the Grade II Listed building, with the operational accommodation and appliance bays being retained at ground level and with the addition of several new-build support facilities adjacent to the main building.
Community integration has been key to this project throughout: the new-build facilities on the upper floors include a community library and heritage museum display – offering the local community a place to learn about the heritage of both the site and their local fire service.
A new-build facility – at the Wyre Forest Emergency Services Hub – was also completed this summer, marking a significant step forward for Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service: this project transformed a disused brownfield site, formerly used by commercial and industrial operators. Seeking to amalgamate three different facilities into a singular, cohesive emergency services hub, the project’s design was heavily influenced by the need for operational efficiency – both in the form of multiple emergency vehicle service bays and in the form of site access and egress.
We worked with the site’s parameters to create this design – using these to keep both appliance and staff/visitor access points separate and negate the potential for conflict between the different traffic types – ensuring no time would be lost in an emergency situation.
As part of Bond Bryan’s imaginative site usage, the building’s design runs parallel to the adjacent street frontage – maximising the portion of site available behind the main building that has been allocated for training facilities. These training facilities also seek to replace an aged Hot Fire training facility, whilst also including other essential training facilities such as a High Volume Pump training facility and a Road Traffic Collision (RTC) training area – offering the chance for easy and cohesive cross-discipline training with the different emergency service operators located at the site.
Through its design and function – the new-build signifies both Bond Bryan’s and the Authority’s commitment to delivering excellence for a reduced cost whilst ensuring an outstanding service is still given.