After successfully securing funding under a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) Scheme, Stoke & Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Authority was able to start planning the construction of ten new fire stations. The new stations were designed to accommodate the activities of a modern operational fire station together with facilities that encourage an active community involvement.
Temporary fire station requirements
During the demolition and construction of the Uttoxeter Retained Fire Station, a temporary structure was required to ensure continuity of service to the local community. The temporary structure needed to remain on the current site and was required for duration of one year. The building also needed to store fire fighting equipment and clothing; the latter needing a warm and dry environment to dry out in between emergency call-outs.
A specialised temporary structure
A building 10m long x 5m wide x 5.2m high was supplied and installed by Aganto to accommodate the fire engine. To provide the level of insulation needed to warm the building and dry out clothing, Aganto installed a thermo roof system and a polymer composite insulated walling. As featured in most UK fire stations, a specialist rapid rise door was installed with a traffic light system using the unique sub-frame system Aganto had initially designed for a previous temporary fire station project at Poole. An exhaust extraction mechanism was also fitted to ensure the fumes from the engine were extracted from the structure when the engine was running. The building was then linked to portable cabin structures that provided the office space.
Temporary fire station ensuring continuity of service
For the safety of the surrounding community there could be no compromise in the quality of service provided by the Fire & Rescue Authority during this re-build project. Jeremy Hawkins, Assistant Project Manager at Stepnell commented:
“It was essential that the Stoke & Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Authority were able to continue operating at one hundred percent capacity during the rebuild of the Uttoxeter Fire Station and because of this our choice of temporary structure provider was taken very carefully. We eventually choose Aganto because of their proven experience in fire station projects coupled with an exemplary level of experience and service. Thankfully, we made exactly the right choice and one that has enabled us to continue with the project in the knowledge that the emergency service will remain at full strength until the new building is completed”