Woodbridge Fire Station

“The Concertus team worked on a number of options to enable improvements to be made to the emergency services property that would allow Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service and Suffolk Constabulary to become even more cost effective” – Annett Thompson, Head of Project Management, Concertus

Brief: With the vision to extend and improve Woodbridge Fire Station, we were asked to undertake a feasibility study for Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service and Suffolk Constabulary.

Aim: The aim of the feasibility study was to assess the options for the extension and improvements, which 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 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.

The following solutions were considered:

1. The provision of an extension to accommodate the Police Safer Neighbourhood Team. The refurbishment of the existing building to upgrade the existing facilities for the retained fire station and the provision of a new communications room.

2. As option 1, but with the addition of a new garage for the ancillary vehicle.

3. A new build fire station and accommodation for the Police Safer Neighbourhood Team on a vacant site in the Woodbridge area.

The Result: Following the feasibility report, all options were considered and Option 2 was progressed, with plans being agreed and funding being secured for the extension.