Wates Construction has been appointed to build Merseyside Fire and Rescue Services’ (MFRS) Saughall Massie Fire Station following the contractor’s completion of the new Community Fire and Police Station in Prescot.
Becoming the second appointment under MFRS’s Station Mergers programme, the £4.6m contract will see Wates build a new single-storey two-bay community fire station complete with offices, meeting rooms, external drill and training facilities and car parking.
The Wirral-based fire station has been designed by Ryder Architecture and will include features that blend with the local landscape. These include a green sedum roof, soft landscaping and bird and bat boxes to support biodiversity. Building work is set to commence this month with completion expected by April 2019.
Wates’ delivery of Saughall Massie Fire Station is anticipated to create extensive opportunities for local training and employment, building on the social impact of Wates’ recent completion of MFRS’s Community Fire and Police Station in Prescot. This included the appointment of four on-site apprentices, the provision of 19 training weeks for local people and five education events.
Wates was appointed to build Saughall Massie Fire Station via the North West Construction Hub’s (NWCH) construction frameworks, a suite of three frameworks that facilitate the efficient procurement of public sector building works across the region. The NWCH has enabled the delivery of 477 projects, collectively valued at £1.9bn on behalf of 212 clients since it was established in 2009.
Tony Shenton, Business Unit Director, Wates Construction North West, said:
“Merseyside Fire and Rescue Services’ Station Mergers programme requires a great deal of efficiency to ensure that necessary works are delivered promptly without a compromise on quality, a balance that Wates consistently achieves as a NWCH contracting partner.
It is of course essential that public sector investment is utilised to benefit local people and we have put the community straight at the heart of our project strategy at Saughall Massie with our commitment to create local training and employment opportunities throughout the project.”
Phil Garrigan, Chief Fire Officer, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, commented:
“Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service are excited to be working with Wates on our latest station and we really look forward to seeing the architect’s plans come alive. After listening carefully to feedback from residents, we have made efforts to ensure that the station design is unobtrusive and will have minimal impact on the environment.
We know Wates’ excellent standards and are confident that our Fire and Rescue Station in Saughall Massie will attain the same build quality as our Community Fire and Police Station in Prescot – albeit on a slightly smaller scale.”
Joanna Chomeniuk, NWCH Framework Lead, said:
“This is another exciting project procured through our construction frameworks delivering benefit back to the local people.
Our contractor partners understand the need to not only deliver a great scheme for the client, on budget and on programme, but to look at how they can provide extra from public funding – and Wates is doing that here through training and local employment opportunities.”