London Fire Brigade

Old Kent Road fire station officially opened by Mayor of Southwark

24 July 2015

The new Old Kent Road fire station was officially opened yesterday (Thursday 23 July) by Mayor of Southwark Councillor Dora Dixon-Fyle.

The state-of-the-art building replaces the former station where crews had been based for around 40 years. Firefighters began operating from the new station in March.

The station was built by Blue3 (a Kier led consortium) as 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. It provides a modern working environment for crews, space for three fire engines and training facilities including a drill yard, six storey training tower and an area for road traffic collision training.

London Fire Brigade Commissioner Ron Dobson said:

“This brand new fire station is good news for the community. Although the former Old Kent Road fire station was not as old as some of the other stations that have been replaced, its design did not suit the operational demands of a modern fire and rescue service. The new station will provide us with facilities fit for the 21st century, which will not only benefit Old Kent Road firefighters but also the community they serve.”

 

Mayor of Southwark Councillor Dora Dixon-Fyle added:

“The new facilities here are outstanding. I am particularly pleased to see the new fire station will not only house and train firefighters, but also provides facilities where the local community can come to receive vital fire safety advice, making it a real part of the community as well as a key service for the safety of our borough.”

The design of the new fire station meets the highest environmental standards. The building:

• naturally regulates its temperature using as little energy as possible via a building management system
• provides a high level of natural light into all spaces
• draws energy for power and heating from renewable sources including a combined heat and power unit and solar panels
• reduces energy and water demands, cutting running costs and contributing to our overall environmental performance.

Construction of the new fire station began in October 2013 and was completed in early March.