London Fire Brigade

#InsideMitcham: Mitcham firefighters relocate to new station after almost 100 years

02 March 2015

Mitcham's brand new fire station opened 23 February, replacing the existing station in Lower Green West, where crews have been based for almost 100 years.

Built by Blue3, a Kier led consortium, the new state-of-the-art building provides crews with brand new facilities fit for the 21st century. Building work on the new fire station began in September 2013.

The construction project is part of a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) project which will see nine London fire stations coming to the end of their life, replaced by brand new buildings.

Station Manager Jeff Lisle said: "This brand new fire station is good news for the local community. The old Mitcham station has served residents for almost 100 years, but it no longer meets the demands of a modern fire and rescue service.

"The new station on London Road will provide us with facilities fit for the 21st century and reinforces our commitment to providing the best possible service to Londoners."

The new station features a larger appliance bay, a four storey training tower, drill yard and an area for road traffic collision training. It also houses a station office, lecture and quiet study rooms and a kitchen and dining area for firefighters. There are also separate shower, changing and resting areas that can be modified to accommodate the different male to female ratio on each watch.

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

The building meets the highest environmental standards and uses sun pipes and roof lights to draw in natural light. Solar panels also help to reduce energy and running costs.

Firefighters from Purley have temporarily relocated to Mitcham’s new station, while rebuild work is carried out at their station as part of the PFI project.