RICS shortlisting shows commitment to social value, February 2020
The project has seen the co-location of three existing fire stations into a new state-of-the-art central hub, situated in Kidderminster, with the key aims of providing cost efficiencies for the public purse and enabling the emergency services to provide increased operational services to help keep the local community safe.
The new base incorporates facilities such as a five bay fire station, specialised training areas for all types of incidents, a three bay vehicle storage garage and associated welfare facilities for West Mercia Police and the Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) who were key partners with Hereford & Worcester Fire Authority on the scheme.
While the bricks-and-mortar offering is itself notable, it is the impact that the Hub will have on the local community that is more impressive, generating investment in front line services via savings made by moving to more cost-effective premises and the capital receipts received from the sale of the three existing sites. It has also created a larger pool of on-call firefighters, meaning more incidents can be attended throughout the region.
The operational benefits, combined with the environmental advantages associated to moving to a brand-new, purpose-built hub featuring eco-friendly facilities will be of great benefit to not just the emergency services but the Wyre Forest community, and we’re thrilled to have played a part in providing such an exceptional new building.