Artisan (UK) Developments Ltd., have secured planning permission for the development of a brand new fire station and training centre in Huntingdon for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS). The new facility is to be located on land adjacent to Percy Road, giving easy access to the A141, Huntingdon and the surrounding area. The new development replaces the old fire station in Hartford Road, which is in poor condition and is not economically viable to repair.
The new building represents a major upgrade that will provide CFRS with the essential modern facilities it needs for the vital role it fulfils in delivering a fire and rescue service to the 805,000 people of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough for decades to come.
The three acre development will combine the requirements of a Fire Station and its support areas, including overnight accommodation for the fire station shift on call, together with lecture rooms and additional changing facilities along with a location for the occupational health team. The purpose built training area will enable CFRS to simulate realistic exercises for the fire crews and include a four storey training tower, live fire training containers, as well as areas to support incidents involving water and motor vehicles. The new building will not only provide great facilities for the future, but also incorporates three community spaces that it is hoped will encourage engagement with the local community for meetings and educational use.
With planning permission already granted, the construction phase is expected to commence at the beginning of the second quarter of 2021 with completion expected at the end of the first quarter of 2022. Artisan Development’s Managing Director Michael Eyres said: We have been working with CFRS for some time to help them find a satisfactory solution to their requirements for a new Fire Station and Training facility in Huntingdon. ‘This is a significant infrastructure project for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough that will provide CFRS with a modern facility with sustainability at the heart of the design. This will result in an economical, low maintenance building, which is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. I have no doubt it will also help CFRS in its efforts to reach out to the community by creating an inviting place to visit.’