Case Study


Wigan Community Fire and Ambulance Station


Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue
Willmott Dixon
July 2016
August 2017
Form of Contract
Delivery Type
Design & Build

Collaborative principles supported by the NWCH procurement vehicle have allowed Willmott Dixon to work extensively with the Greater Manchester Fire Service and North West Ambulance Service, supporting them to understand and actively contribute to the design and operation of a new community fire and ambulance hub. This the first joint service Fire and Ambulance station in the region and the pilot for future joined services.

A new build, 2 storey, 1,619m2 combined fire and ambulance station on the site of the existing Wigan Fire Station. Facilities include offices, gym, community rooms, training suites, makeready bay, appliance bay, training tower, covered wash down areas, external vehicle canopies and fuel station.

Collaborative Working
Throughout the construction of this joint facility, the main priority was to continue operating from the existing fire station during the entire construction stage. To
maintain the responsiveness of the GMFRS, it required continual customer communication, including flexible works scheduling, to ensure that their needs were
always met. This involved the temporary renovation of an on-site training building, which GMFRS decanted into during the demolition and new build works.

Excellent Project Outcomes
• Quality of the building scored at 9/10 and 10/10 for value for money by the client
• 8 local apprentices were employed on this project
• 17 work placements were undertaken by students at Wigan and Leigh College
• 100% of construction waste was diverted from landfill

Providing Employment for Local Residents
Lee had been in prison and upon release he was keen to get a job and get his life back on track. He was referred via The Work Company – a ‘through the gate’ organisation working with individuals newly released from custody. He welcomed the opportunity to discuss his options with our site team, who gave him a 2 week
work trial. After the end of week 1, the team were so impressed they offered him a job as Gateman and Labourer on the project. During his time with us, Lee
undertook further training pertinent to his job role and now the project is completed, Lee will now move to another project in Manchester.

This job has made a big difference to my life, I needed to maintain a routine and it has provided a chance to learn some new working skills” Lee, locally employed Gateman – Wigan Fire and Ambulance Station