WORK is due to begin on Burnley’s new fire station in a few weeks.
The £3m. project will replace the current building on Belvedere Road and is expected to take about a year to complete.
The construction firm Balfour Beatty is expected on the site by April, as soon as builders finish work on a similar scheme in Blackburn. Part of the building will be demolished to make space for a temporary building to house fire engines and crews during the year it will take to construct the new building.
Fire cover for the Burnley area will remain the same and will not be affected by changes at the site.
Plans for the new building were first mooted in 2007, after a report to the Lancashire Fire Authority estimated the station, built in 1965, would need £202,000 spending on it to bring it up to scratch. Other sites in town were considered and included Rosegrove, Gannow and Trafalgar Street, but Belvedere Road remained the best option.
The new station is one of 16 being built across Lancashire as part of a £48m. revamp in services through a Private Finance Initiative. Balfour Beatty will build and own the building and it will be rented back from them.
The building will have similar floor space to the old station but will have better facilities to house the crews and equipment and will have community-use meeting and lecture rooms so the service can promote its fire prevention work.