Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has revealed artists impressions for the 16 fire stations set to be modernised as part of the UK Fire Service's largest ever PPP project. 

The project, with a capital value of £48m, involves a full rebuild of 16 community fire stations incorporating design, construction, funding and provision of facilities management. Seven of the fire stations are in Merseyside with five situated in Cumbria and four in Lancashire. 

Work has already begun on fire stations in Kirkdale, Formby, Newton-le-Willows, Carlisle East, Carlisle West, Patterdale, Blackburn and Fleetwood with work scheduled to start on the remaining stations throughout 2011.  

In addition to modernising operational facilities, the scheme will provide stations with resources for community use, such as meeting rooms and multi-function lecture rooms.

Balfour Beatty Chief Executive, Ian Tyler told FIRE: "The upgrade of the stations will help meet the changing needs and support the modern practices of the fire and rescue service and provide a better environment for working, learning and training.

"We look forward to working with North West Fire and Rescue Authority."


Posted: 15.29pm, 08.04.11