London Fire Brigade

Fire station rebuild programme gets underway

08 August 2013

Work on a major construction programme which will see nine of the capital’s ageing fire stations being rebuilt is set to get underway from September.

The final contract has now been signed with London Fire Brigade’s Private Finance Initiative (PFI) partner Blue3 who will deliver the design, build, financing and maintenance of the stations.

The PFI project will see the Brigade receive £51.5 million to replace and  make major improvements to Dagenham,  Dockhead,  Leytonstone,  Mitcham, Old Kent Road, Orpington, Plaistow, Purley and Shadwell fire stations. Eight of the stations are being completely re-built on their existing sites and one station, Mitcham, will be built on a new site.

As well as providing state of the art facilities for fire crews, with room for modern fire appliances and training,  the stations will also be kitted out with community spaces  that will allow members of the public to easily access vital life saving fire safety advice.

London Fire Brigade is at the forefront of work to protect the environment, and all of the rebuilt fire stations will be energy efficient and contain the latest green technology.

London Fire Brigade’s Assistant Commissioner for Technical and Service Support Dominic Ellis said:

“This is excellent news for Londoners. Some of our fire stations are over 100 years old and struggle to meet the demands of a  modern fire and rescue service. This rebuilding programme will bring some of our oldest stations up to date and provide us with brand new facilities fit for the  21st century.

“The community spaces that these stations will provide also reinforce our commitment to providing fire safety education and advice to Londoners – something that we believe has played a key role in the fall in fires and deaths and injuries from fire over the last ten years.”

The rebuilding programme will be completed in two phases with work starting on site at Mitcham, Old Kent Road , Orpington and Plaistow fire stations in September and October  this year. The second phase of the programme will see building work beginning at Dagenham, Dockhead, Leytonstone, Purley and Shadwell from September 2014. Construction work at each Station will take around 12 months.

Arrangements will be put  in place to ensure that fire cover provided by the stations being rebuilt is not interrupted during building. Neighbouring stations have been refurbished and a temporary station will be provided (at Orpington) to accommodate extra fire engines and firefighters from the PFI stations during construction.

Crews will continue to attend incidents, carry out home fire safety visits and community safety work from these locations and  local communities will be kept informed of the progress of the building projects during the construction period.

Kier Group Chief Executive Paul Sheffield said: 

“We look forward to working in partnership with London Fire Brigade. Against the backdrop of a challenging economic environment for public and private sector alike, we will deliver key strategic assets that are highly sustainable, promote inward investment in the region through our local business and are significantly within the Council's affordability threshold.  This provides an excellent opportunity for us to demonstrate how effective public/private partnerships can deliver high quality, value for money solutions."