Northumberland County Council
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Esh Build delivers new Blue Light State-of-the-Art Facility at Hexham
This new community fire station was constructed within the grounds of the Hexham General Hospital and replaces the existing fire station at Tyne Mills Industrial Estate. The building involved the completion of alterations and an extension to former hospital buildings to house two fire appliance and a Swift Water Rescue Unit.
Hexham has 12 full time fire fighters who operate two staffing shifts. There are also 15 part time on call fire fighters who provide 24/7 cover for a second support vehicle. The existing facility located on Tyne Mills Industrial Estate was considered out dated and no longer fit for purpose.
An existing building located to the rear of the main hospital was utilised for the new fire station. The building previously provided accommodation for visiting healthcare workers as well as providing space for the Joint Equipment Loans Service (JELS) to store equipment and an MRI scanner.
The scheme came about following the assessment of building usage within the hospital and the identification of the under utilisation of the building. The MRI Scanner and JELS Store were relocated and enabling works completed within the building basement to accommodate the new fire station. The building has been extended to create the additional space required and an extension constructed to join the existing building to the new appliance bay. The existing building measured 759m2 and has now been increased to 1005m2. Two flats were retained for doctors accommodation and a new 3 fire training tower constructed. The new extension replicates the existing building with the appliance bays being contemporary in design. The facility was designed to be similar to other fire and rescue stations across the country.
The operational areas are all located to the ground floor, with changing facilities and welfare facilities to the first floor. The upper floor is accessed via a new entrance located to the west end of the building. The opposite end of the building contains the existing stairs which lead to the two residential apartments at the first floor.
The training tower is three storeys in height and has window openings and elements of both pitched and flat roofs to enable training for various situations. Internally the tower is unfinished and features slab openings for vertical ladder access.
The existing fire station has served Hexham for many years but is no longer fit to support the needs of a modern fire and rescue service. The new station will provide a range of great facilities that will benefit both fire officers based at the station and members of the community.- Alex Bennett, chief fire officer at Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service