New fire station plans unveiled

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THIS is how Burnley fire station will look when it is rebuilt as part of a massive £48m. revamp.

Work has already begun on Blackburn and Fleetwood fire stations and Burnley and Chorley are next in line for the transformation with work scheduled to start in Burnley next February.

The project, which is also taking place at fire stations in Cumbria and Merseyside, will see the modernisation of operational facilities and will provide stations with resources for community use, such as meeting rooms and multi-function lecture rooms.

Mr Ian Tyler, chief executive of Balfour Beatty, which is carrying out the work, 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.”

The Burnley station will be rebuilt on its current site in Belvedere Road and will be a “community” fire station with free-to-use areas where local organisations can hold meetings. It will also boast new purpose-built training facilities.

During construction, crews will operate out of temporary accommodation on part of the site with no reduction in the standard of fire cover.

Designers working on the Burnley plans said they were keen for the building to be a striking, modern and easily recognisable landmark, with a welcoming community entrance for the public and an exterior media wall to be used to promote fire safety.

The Burnley site will also include residential accommodation for the new Day Crewing Plus duty system.

Over the duration of the contract Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service will attract a subsidy of £16m. through Private Finance Initiative credits from the Government.