20/11/09 - Thomas Vale Commences Work in Sandyford on New £4.9m Fire Station

The station will be crewed 24/7 by 28 firefighters working over four shifts and will house one standard engine alongside two specialist appliances The two storey building will include facilities for use by operational staff as well as a community room and a gym which can be used by both firefighters and supervised community groups. The site will cover an area of 18,000 square metres which will include a car park and training yard.

It was a risk profile of the area, based on several years’ worth of data, which identified Sandyford as an area that would benefit from a fire station. The location on Reginald Mitchell Way was chosen due to its good access to the road networks in the area. The new station will complement nearby fire stations in Kidsgrove to the north and Burslem to the south.

Peter Dartford, Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive of Sandyford Fire Station, commented:

“This is the first newly built fire station in North Staffordshire since Ipstones was built back in 1996. However Sandyford will not look or feel like a traditional fire station, it has been specifically designed to be inviting to the public and allows for the integration of the community within the fire station. The station will really set the standard for the future of fire stations both in Staffordshire and across the UK.”

Cllr Len Bloomer, Fire and Rescue Authority Chairman, said:

“It’s taken years of hard work to get to this stage, so to now see actual construction work in progress it’s very rewarding. It’s a very exciting time for both the Service and the communities who will benefit from these new facilities.”

Gary Mail, Group Construction Director of Thomas Vale stated:

“The two year build programme will be an excellent opportunity to not only leave a legacy of state of the art facilities for the authority but to also provide added benefits via the local community and supply chain. We are looking forward to working with our partners in Staffordshire.”