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We manage highly specialised and critical resilience projects for our customers in the emergency services, from new build projects to internal refurbishment and the fit-out of buildings, stations, offices and training facilities.

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Everything we do is focused on helping our emergency services customers provide the best services for the public while demonstrating best value for money.

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Fire station refurbishment reaches one year milestone

Wates Smartspace has completed the first year in a five year,  £8.5m fire station refurbishment programme, for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, makes the milestone with the generation of more than £400k in social value for the local community.

This marks the first phase of fire station refurbishments by Wates Smartspace for the service, part of an investment to modernise 19 fire stations across the county.

During the first year of the station upgrade programme fire stations in Runcorn, Birchwood, Sandbach and Middlewich have been extensively modernised. The refurbishment has included the installation of new gyms, improvements to external storage for rapid response, new kitchens, toilets, windows, curtain walling and cladding.

Fire station refurbishment achieves first year milestone
Social Value generated through the project
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Fire station refurbishment programme

£400K social value boost in first year

Working with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Wates Smartspace developed a five-year community impact plan, including the commitment to employ local suppliers creating opportunities for employment and training and to engaging with local students.

The team was joined by three apprentices via YSB Ltd, throughout the year, and the project also provided, careers talks and arranged work experience for local students. The team spent £10k with social enterprises, including Recycling Lives, which reinvests its profit to rehabilitate ex-offenders.

Wates will continue its social value investment throughout the programme’s second year with activities including virtual work experience through The Prince’s Trust’s Kickstart scheme, designed to support 16 – 24 year olds into employment.

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Delivered through the Procure Partnerships Framework, the work forms part of a wider programme to improve facilities at fire stations across Cheshire, enabling them to serve as community hubs by providing flexible facilities that can be used by staff and community groups.

The programme has been divided into three phases to allow fire stations to remain operational, reducing disruption and ensuring continuity of critical services. The second phase of the programme to be delivered by Wates will include the refurbishment of fire stations in Audlem, Holmes Chapel, Northwich and Widnes.

"With this investment comes a valuable opportunity to give back to the local community, to ensure that we encourage and support young people into our industry and that we ultimately leave behind a lasting legacy of our work."
Richard Evans
Key Account Director - Wates
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