"By working very closely with the Concertus Designers, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service and the firefighters themselves, we have constructed a building that will be efficient, cost-effective and provide a fantastic base for our fire service to continue with their incredible lifesaving work."
Jack Davey, Director, SEH French
The Brief: The existing fire station was located in the heart of Southwold and the client wanted to relocate the facility to Reydon. This was seen by some as a bold move, but the new site provided good access and this, together with the fact that the majority of the retained fire fighters who served the fire station, lived within a mile’s radius of the new site, made the move advantageous. The value of the old site was to be used to offset the construction costs for the new building.
The Scope: We were asked to provide architectural design and project management services, to enable the construction of a modern new fire station that would house a single fire engine and provide suitable amenities for the 11 retained fire fighters that staff the station round the clock. The new building was to be based on the model of the Suffolk PFI Fire Stations. The project also included the demolition of the old 1960s fire station in Southwold.
The Result: The new station provides better facilities for community and staff. Technological enhancements include PV and an advanced fire sprinkler system; one of the first of its kind in a Suffolk Fire Station and one of only a very small number in the UK. The building provides improved access for people with disabilities, better welfare facilities for all fire fighters and a community room. It also has a new training tower; a facility the old fire station lacked.
Stakeholder Collaboration: Concertus worked with the following stakeholders -
• Suffolk County Council
• Suffolk Fire And Rescue Service
"The new fire station will serve the communities of Southwold and Reydon and further afield. The county council's investment in the fire station will help our crews to continue to deliver what I believe is an exceptional front-line service to our communities”. - Mark Sanderson, Assistant Chief Fire Officer for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service