The project involved the demolition of a two storey detached house, partial clearance of the site and the construction of a new fire station in Sheringham, Norfolk.
The fire station includes a two appliance bay and kit room on the ground floor, a kitchen/training room, two offices and male and female shower rooms on the first floor. A DDA compliant wheelchair lift has also be installed.
The better crew facilities include a training tower for practising ladder work and a “dry riser” hydrant for training in multi-storey fire fighting.
Officially opened by Fire Minister Bob Neill, the eco-friendly building is the first in Norfolk to house all the blue light services and is shared by fire, police, ambulance crews and the coastguard.
Due to the small size of the site and it’s location adjacent to the local church, particular attention and effort was made to ensure minimal disruption to the community. This included liaising with the clergy to ensure weddings and funeral were not affected.
The building includes a variety of environmentally friendly features including:
- Rainwater harvesting
- Air source heat pump
- High levels of insulation
- Permeable paving to ensure water reaches protected trees in the ground
Waste minimisation was considered at a very early stage and included locating the waste down point for concrete wagons in a suitable position so that the washed out aggregates formed part of the fill; when pouring concrete to form substructure bases, other substructures had been excavated so that any surplus could be used for blinding. Timber & plywood formwork was retined for re-use on future projects and materials delivered on pallets, when unloaded were stored neatly and the pallets returned to the suppliers once numbers were sufficient to make their collection economical.
Further innovations to reduce waste included adjusting the floor to ceiling height to suit sizes of plasterboard and Europanels, reducing waste and labour costs for cutting materials to the correct lengths.
In total 98% of waste diverted from landfill.
“I was impressed by the great attention given to ensure that those affected are fully informed and any inconvenience is minimised… this is undoubtedly creating a very positive impression with those nearby.”
Amjad Malhis, Considerate Constructors
“Sheringham fire station is a fantastic example of the Fire and Rescue Authority putting itself at the heart of its local community and working in conjunction with the other emergency services to provide a facility of which Sheringham can be justifiably proud.”
Bob Neill MP, Fire Minister