Woodbridge Fire Station
“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 Cost Consultancy and Project Management, Concertus
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.
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 a new garage for the ancillary vehicle.
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.