The improved Woodbridge Fire Station is a brilliant example of collaboration between Suffolk Fire & Rescue and Suffolk Constabulary, and Concertus has played a major role in achieving this. The two services now share emergency services property and facilities, enabling them to work jointly and operate in a more cost effective way.” - Annette Thompson, Head of Project Management, Concertus
Brief: With the vision to extend and improve Woodbridge Fire Station, we were initially asked to undertake a feasibility study for Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service and Suffolk Constabulary. Once this had been completed, we were commissioned to undertake and complete the option chosen.
Aim: The key objective of this particular project was for the two services to remain at the heart of the town’s community. The aim of the feasibility study was to first assess the options for the extension and improvements that would result in Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service and Suffolk Constabulary having a shared base at Woodbridge Fire Station.
Improvements to the emergency services property would allow Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service and Suffolk Constabulary to become even more cost effective, while being able to work more closely together in Woodbridge. Plans to develop and improve Woodbridge Fire Station followed the successful roll out of four shared stations that are already in operation and working well at Ixworth, Elmswell, Debenham and Framlingham.
The project requirements included the provision of accommodation for the Police Safer Neighbourhood Team and a refurbishment of the existing building to upgrade accommodation and existing facilities for the retained fire station.
Scope: The team assessed and studied a number of architectural,mechanical, electrical, structural, quantity surveying, landscape options for the improvements and extension - and a report was developed. The report also considered any issues relating to planning, site access and land ownership.
Following the feasibility report, all options presented by Concertus were considered and Option 2 was progressed, with plans being agreed and funding being secured for the extension.
We continued work on the provision of an extension to accommodate the Police Safer Neighbourhood Team. This included a refurbishment of the existing building to upgrade the existing facilities for the retained fire station, the provision of a new communications room and the addition of anew garage for the ancillary vehicle.
The Result: The Woodbridge Community Fire Station project has highlighted how benefits can be achieved through bringing together blue light services in Suffolk.
The integrated partnership approach creates long-term financial savings for both parties and secures the continued provision of each public sector service in Woodbridge and the surrounding area.
The new 120m2 extension and refurbishment of the existing 1960s fire station has allowed the two amenities to cohabit in one location in a facility that, not only meets current standards, but is fit for purpose for both blue light services.
The results achieved have moved the public sector generally in Suffolk, a step closer to the objective of creating single public sector estates or hubs, sited centrally, that bring together services that support the local community.