Case Study


St Helens Community Fire & Rescue Station

Milverny Way, St Helens

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority (MFRA)
Milverny Way, St Helens
Wates Construction LTD
August 2019
October 2020
Form of Contract
JCT Design and Build 2011
Delivery Type
Design and Build

This design and build fire station includes extensive environmental improvements and is the last in a batch of three stations for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority, following the completion of Prescot and Saughall Massie.

The project will see demolition, excavation and ground re-engineering of the former Pilkington Glass Works, to create two-storey, three-bay fire accommodation, with the final build incorporating a training tower, community rooms, lecture rooms and full FF&E fit out.

Discoveries on site…
Due to the unusual previous use of the site, there have been a wide variety of interesting discoveries in the ground during remediation. What was once a glass manufacturing site and coal colliery is now home to redundant furnaces, culverts, flues and chimney bases.

Two culverts were discovered during pre-construction (above) – one for bringing in clean air for firing the furnace, and the other for contaminated air departing the furnace. We have continued to discover tunnels and shafts formed in a variety of construction methods, which are legacies remaining from the previous mining and industrial uses of the site.

Community Investment in Merseyside…
Aside from quality work on site, NWCH will collaborate with MFRA and Wates to:
• Develop and implement a bespoke community investment plan
• Ensure employment, training and apprenticeship opportunities are implemented
• Work closely with local education providers, social enterprises and SMEs within
the region to maximise any opportunities for local people
• Focus on delivering collaborative initiatives which integrate the residential and
business communities, targeting employment opportunities for local people

“The energy and enthusiasm across all projects to go above and beyond building has been a force for good in our community. The commitment and dedication from the team has been outstanding. On previous MFRA stations there was a target of 274 employment and skills outputs specified – we delivered a total of 468.” Stewart Woods – Head of Estates for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service