Newark firefighters move to new state-of-the-art station
Newark firefighters have moved into their new state-of-the-art fire hall.
The new station has been designed to be much more energy efficient than the previous building and it is hoped that it will reduce future annual operating costs.
Tony Yardley, District Manager for Newark and Sherwood, said: “We were delighted to move into the new station this month. I know all watches are eager to settle in and enjoy all the new facilities this new station has to offer.
“I think this shows the Service’s commitment to serving the Newark community for many years to come – the station is expected to have a 50 year lifespan.”
The Service obtained a building permit to rebuild the Boundary Road station in late 2016 and demolition work began in May of last year.
The work, which was carried out by Gelder Group, saw the red brick buildings to the left of the station’s device bay destroyed to make way for the all-new station and tower.
Ian Pritchard, departmental purchasing and resource manager and project manager, said: “The relocation of crews to the station marks the end of the first phase of the Newark Fire Hall project.
“There is still work to be done, including the demolition of the appliance bays of the old station and a number of outbuildings which are no longer in use – but we are really happy to now have a brand new one, to the cutting edge of building technology added to the field of Service.
“Phase two will see contractors develop parking facilities and vehicle access. It is the first time that a fire station remains fully operational while a new station is under construction on the same site.
“This would not have been possible without the exceptional working relationship we have had with Gelder Group throughout the project.”
Kevin Manterfield, Director of Major Contracts at Gelder Group, added: “It has been a privilege to be involved in the reconstruction of the Newark Fire Hall and to provide the necessary facilities to the firefighters that the training needs. We hope they find their new home useful for the vital work they do.