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10 August 2017

Construction work on a new fire station and safety centre at the village of Lymm in Cheshire has recently being completed thanks to multi-disciplinary engineering services provided by BWB Consulting. The facility is part of a comprehensive plan to improve response times across Cheshire, Halton and Warrington by building five new fire stations. The station is now undergoing an internal fit-out ready for opening later in the year.

BWB Manchester were appointed as part of the design team to drive value into the £5m project to meet Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service’s budget constraints. To bring this important front-line community facility to site quickly and cost-effectively, the design team rationalised the approach to the substructure design and brought experience from previous schemes to streamline the frame design.

Working collaboratively with the architect, BWB utilised 3D building models that were produced in Autodesk Revit to deliver a co-ordinated design and help to understand the buildings unique geometry and irregular layout. This in turn informed the challenging structural geometry required to form the building.

Project Co-ordinator, Steve Reynolds, commented: “We are delighted to have helped the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service realise it’s ambition of a safer Cheshire with the building of this facility. We look forward to the new Fire Station and Safety Centre being fully operational and seeing what a positive impact it has on the local community.”

The Lymm facility is a five-bay fire station and safety training centre, which will combine a modern fire station, with space for five fire fighting vehicles, staff quarters, yard and fire training tower as well as an advanced training facility and Safety Centre. The main fire station will provide operational support and house a number of specialist vehicles due to its close proximity to the motorway network.

The safety centre is a key training facility and will deliver educational programmes that aim to reduce accidental deaths and injuries from fire, at home, on the road and in the community. Learning will take place in a series of purpose-built indoor scenarios designed to be realistic, immersive and interactive such as a lifesize three-bedroom house or a typical Cheshire ‘A’ road.