Wates wins £7m St Helens fire station

The contractor has secured its third job with Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service in St Helens, following its delivery of a similar project at Saughall Massie ahead of schedule.

Wates will deliver a two-storey facility at the former Pilkington glassworks, on a site at the junction of Milverny Way and the St Helens Linkway to the south of the town centre.

Designed by Ryder Architecture, the 11,200 sq ft building will include space for three fire engines, as well as welfare accommodation, a community meeting room, offices, and training facilities. It is designed to be staffed 24 hours a day.

Procured through the North West Construction Hub, the deal is Wates’ third with Merseyside Fire & Rescue. In March, the contractor completed the £5m Saughall Massie fire station ahead of schedule; this was on a Green Belt plot and replaces two existing stations in Upton and West Kirkby.

Wates has also previously delivered a fire and police station in Prescot last year.

Paul Dodsworth, managing director of Wates Construction North, said: “Over the past four years we have worked closely with our client and the local community to create two state-of-the-art facilities that will enhance the high standards delivered by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service.

“I am extremely proud of the work delivered by the teams on site and our appointment to the new station in St Helens is a huge testament to the quality of their work as well as their continued efforts to positively impact the local community.”

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