Wates wins £7m St Helens fire station contract

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Wates Construction has been appointed to deliver the new £7m St Helens fire station, which will see the creation of a two-storey operational fire facility

Wates’ appointment to the new £7m fire station in St Helens closely follows the contractor’s completion of Saughall Massie Fire Station.

The latest project is the third in a line of new community fire stations delivered by Wates on behalf of Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service.

Work on the new fire station in St Helens is expected to commence this summer and will see Wates build a three appliance bay two-storey operational fire station with welfare accommodation, a community meeting room, offices, training facilities and parking.

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.”

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service’s chief fire officer, Phil Garrigan added: “We are delighted to be moving forward with our plans for a brand new fit-for-purpose fire station in St Helens. The new fire station will provide our firefighters with the facilities that they rightly deserve whilst maintaining some of the fastest response times in the country.

“Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is excited to be working with Wates on our latest station and we look forward to seeing the architect’s plans come alive. We know Wates’ excellent standards and are confident that our Fire & Rescue Station in St Helens will attain the same build quality as the ones they have previously built for us in Prescot, and most recently, in Saughall Massie.”

The three new fire stations have been procured via the North West Construction Hub, which was established in 2009 in response to central government’s drive to improve efficiencies within the public sector.

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