CASE STUDY: Prescot Fire Station | Wates

A new build combined blue light facility.

North West Construction Hub
Partner
100%
of supply chain from local area
5
local apprentices offered full time employment
5
local apprentices have been offered full time employment and training

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service required the construction of new fire station accommodation in Prescot as part of their Station Mergers programme.

The community fire station incorporates operational and welfare accommodation, community meeting rooms and additional facilities, external drill and training spaces and associated car-parking; with additional space allocated on the ground floor for a new Neighbourhood Police Station.

Engaging with Merseyside communities is a matter of pride to Wates and we fully committed to developing new relationships with local businesses, suppliers and consultants strengthening our supply chain in the region. On the Prescot Fire Station we’re proud to say that all of our design partners and key project team were 100% local.

Local investment

To maximise local spend, Wates held a ‘Meet the Buyer’ day, conducted with the Local Chamber of Commerce and Community partners.

Wates committed to and exceeded a target of 90%+ of the workforce for the New Community Fire Station as being local.

Wates supply chain appointments were also encouraged to cascade these local labour targets as part of their contract

Partnering with the local Huyton Prince’s Trust team, Wates offered young people site-based work placements, support community volunteering activities and give ‘careers in construction’ advice sessions

Five young people have been offered supported employment and training opportunities with three of them choosing to start training as either Quantity Surveyors or Multi-skilled apprentices.

"Thanks to the support from Wates and this great team on Prescot Fire Station for helping me settle in to this new career in construction."
Daniel Bresnahan
Site apprentice, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority

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