The aim of the project was to convert the outdated building, which was no longer fit for purpose, into a blue light hub for use by Fire and Police. For works to begin on site the Princes Street Fire Service needed to be relocated into a temporary modular building for 12 months during the construction works. This involved close communication between the Project Manager, Fire Service Client, and site users to ensure a seamless relocation of staff and the transference of the call out infrastructure to the new site to make sure the move would not be detrimental to the Service.
The works included the demolition of the building back to its structural concrete frame to refurbish and remodel the building. The fire appliance bay was demolished and replaced by a two storey block with fire appliance bays on the ground floor and offices and fire service dormitories on the first floor. Further facilities provided include a lecture room, interview rooms, police locker and kit bag area, public enquiry office, reception area, external help point telephone facility, car parking for operational police vehicles, and landscaping works. Electric charging points were included for fire and police vehicles.
Our Architectural team have designed the building to incorporate stone cladding to enhance the appearance of the building and the area it is located in, working closely with Suffolk County Council Planners. An additional requirement from the client and end users was the incorporation of a firefighter’s pole to facilitate quick access from the fire service dormitories to the ground floor. This is a complex requirement which our design teams worked into the structural and architectural plans for the building. Princes Street Station will be the first station in Suffolk to have a firefighter’s pole.