The community of Rothwell is a step closer to benefitting from a brand new facility as construction work on the new fire station, in Carlton Lane, Leeds, is set to begin.
Demolition of the old Rothwell Fire Station is to be completed imminently and a formal sod-cutting ceremony took place this week.
Residents will start to notice a hive of activity as the foundations are laid for the new building.
The new station will still retain the familiar training tower but will include modern facilities, including a room that will be available for community use.
Station Manager Graham Heath said: “The current station was built over 50 years ago and had come to the end of its design life in terms of maintenance needs and operational requirements.
“The new station will provide the communities of Rothwell and the wider area with a first class fire station for many years to come.
“The station will be located on broadly the same footprint and will incorporate a contemporary design that has been developed to compliment other buildings in the local area.”
The new fire station build will not affect our ability to attend fire calls. Throughout the new build, crews will still operate from the current site using temporary accommodation.
The new station is expected to be operational by Spring 2015, from where 14 Firefighters will provide 24/7 cover 365 days of the year.
It will be a single storey building which will provide all of the necessary operational accommodation for the fire service personnel and the associated vehicles. The building will comprise of a two bay vehicle garage, offices and training and rest areas.
Rothwell is one of nine new fire stations replacing 17 stations across the county by 2020.
We are keen to be good neighbours and keep any disturbance to an absolute minimum.
The contractors for Rothwell are Conlon Construction who are part of the Considerate Contractors Scheme. Their details are available outside the station or via their website, www.conlon-construction.co.uk
Regular updates will also be available at www.westyorksfire.gov.uk
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority was successful in bidding for capital grant from Central Government in 2012 to support its Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP).
The amount of grant totalled £11,250,000 which is payable in two equal instalments in 2013/14 and 2014/15.
The total capital investment in the IRMP programme up to 2020 is expected to generate £14 million of ongoing annual revenue efficiency savings for the Authority.
The first phase of the project will see building work begin on five of the stations throughout 2014 – South Kirkby, Rastrick, Rothwell, Killingbeck and Carlton Road (Batley Carr/Dewsbury).