London Fire Brigade

#InsideOKR: Old Kent Road’s brand new fire station

03 June 2015

Old Kent Road's brand new fire station opened in March replacing the previous building, which was over 40 years old.

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 October 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.

Southwark Borough Commander, Simon Tuhill, said: "This brand new fire station is good news for the local community. The previous Old Kent Road station no longer met the demands of a modern fire and rescue service.

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

Videos from inside Old Kent Road

The new station features a larger appliance bay with space for three appliances instead of two, a drill yard and an area for road traffic collision training.

The new six-storey drill tower is pre-cast concrete - rather than brick clad - and has an aerial mast structure and anchor points installed, which will be used for line rescue 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.

Images from inside Old Kent Road Fire Station

The building meets the highest environmental standards and uses sun pipes and roof lights to draw in natural light.

Solar panels have been installed on the environmentally friendly 'brown roof', which will improve the insulation of the property, along with a combined heat and power unit that will provide electricity for the Brigade.

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.

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