Balfour reveals designs of fire stations

Balfour Beatty has revealed artists impressions for the seven Merseyside fire stations being modernised as part of a £48m North West Fire & Rescue Services public private partnership project.

The 25-year concession involves a full rebuild of 16 community fire stations incorporating design, construction, funding and provision of facilities management.

Seven of the fire stations are in Merseyside with five situated in Cumbria in Carlisle east and Carlisle west, Glenridding in Patterdale, Kemplay Bank in Penrith, and Workington.

Four will also be located in Blackburn, Burnley, Chorley, and Fleetwood within Lancashire.

The stations will be built on a mix of new and existing sites in a range of locations from rural stations with retained crews, to busy inner-city stations with full-time crews.

Work started on fire stations in Kirkdale, Formby and Newton-le-Willows in February and Balfour Beatty will start work at Bootle & Netherton station in April.

Belle Vale, Birkenhead and Southport are next in line for the revamp with work scheduled to commence in spring 2012.

In addition to modernising operational facilities, the scheme will provide stations with resources for community use, such as meeting rooms and lecture rooms.

Bootle and Belle Vale stations will also include fire safety departments while Southport will incorporate an ambulance station.

Ian Tyler, chief executive of Balfour Beatty, said: "The upgrade of the stations will help meet the changing needs and support the modern practices of the fire and rescue service and provide a better environment for working, learning and training."

Balfour Beatty will invest £5.5m of equity into the wholly-owned concession.

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