Case Study


Powey Lane Fire Station

Mollington, Chester

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service
Mollington, Chester
November 2015
September 2016
Form of Contract
JCT Design and Build
Delivery Type
Design and Build

The new station at Powey Lane houses specialist fire fighting equipment and rescue vehicles for use in industrial/chemical fires and major incidents.

The two-storey, five-bay building, close to the M56, totals 900sqm and is constructed with a lightweight steel frame with block, render and cladding elevations.

• BIM technology software and tools were used as the preferred means of design and for production information. Throughout the pre-construction process, the design teams exchanged 3D models via collaboration portal Conject, for clash detection purposes.

School engagement and student development
• Students from building trade courses at Warrington Collegiate visited the site to discuss health and safety, and sustainability.
• A construction careers presentation linking building theory to practical experience was also delivered to plumbing students at Mid Cheshire College.

Sustainability and localism
• Pre-employment training was delivered as part of a sector-based work academy with Chester Job Centre Plus and local training provider Vocational Solutions.
• Twelve unemployed individuals were supported on a four-week work experience placement, which enabled them to gain their CSCS cards.
• Kyle Slater completed a sector-based training and an additional two-week work placement on site with our supply chain partner Byrne
Civil Solutions. They subsequently employed Kyle on a full-time basis.
• 99% of waste was diverted from landfill.

‘This was a controversial site choice at planning stage and it was evident that the team worked extremely hard to forge an excellent relationship with the local community. The project was well-controlled and managed efficiently, with some excellent decisions made around reprogramming certain elements of the work. These clever changes ensured the project finished early, ahead of the programme.”
Iain Gammack, Project Manager, IKG Consulting