London Fire Brigade

Brand new Leytonstone fire station officially opened by Mayor of Waltham Forest

31 May 2016

Our brand new Leytonstone fire station was officially opened on Tuesday (31 May) by the Mayor of Waltham Forest, Councillor Peter Herrington.

The state-of-the-art building replaces the former station, which was built on the same site in 1914.

Firefighters began operating from the new station in February 2016. While the station was being built, its firefighters had been temporarily working out of Leyton fire station.

The new station was built as part of a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) project that has seen nine London fire stations replaced by brand new buildings.

The station provides a larger and more modern working environment for fire crews and training facilities including a drill yard and a four storey drill tower.

As well as the unveiling of a plaque by the Mayor of Waltham Forest to commemorate the new station, firefighters from Leytonstone's Red watch were on hand to offer visitors a tour of their new fire station.

Fantastic news for the community

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said: "The old Leytonstone fire station was built over 100 years ago and was fast becoming unsuitable for modern day use.

"It has now been completely rebuilt in order to meet with the current demands of the local population.

"This brand new fire station is fantastic for the local community it serves, as well as for the firefighters who can now benefit from the new facilities.

"Leytonstone is now home to one of the best and most modern fire stations in London."

New station will serve area for years to come

Councillor Peter Herrington, who officially opened  the station, said: "Leytonstone's new fire station is a very welcome addition to the area and will help ensure that our residents have a facility that is fit for purpose.

"I'm pleased to unveil the plaque and officially open this fantastic new fire station, which I hope will serve our community for many more years to come."

As well as improved training areas and extra space for the fire engines, there is office space, lecture and quiet study rooms and a kitchen and dining area for firefighters.

There are also areas within the station that the public can visit to access fire safety information, as well as a community room available for bookings.

Green technology

The design of the station meets the highest environmental standards and amongst other green technology, uses solar panels to provide energy for the building. Construction began in December 2014.

Leytonstone is the second fire station in the second phase of the rebuilding programme to be completed. Dagenham, Dockhead, Purley and Shadwell stations have been revamped in the past 12 months.

Stations completed in the first phase of the programme and which are now operating are Mitcham, Old Kent Road, Plaistow and Orpington .