Project Update: St Helens Community Fire Station

NWCH and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority (MFRA): Successful Commencement of Fire Station Number Four

Project: St Helen’s Community Fire Station
Client: Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority (MFRA)
Value: £7m
Sector: Bluelight
Duration: 65 Weeks

Start on Site: August 2019
Completion: October 2020
Main Contractor: Wates Construction Ltd

Architect: Ryder Architects

Engineer: Curtins


This design and environmental improvement project is part of a programme of fire stations for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority. It will see remediation of a former glass manufacturing site and coal colliery, to create a two-storey, three-bay fire accommodation project at Milverny, St Helens. Construction recently commenced and is due to complete in Autumn 2020, with the final build incorporating a training tower, community and prevention rooms, lecture rooms and full FF&E fit out.

Wates Construction previously built Prescot and Saughall Massie Community Fire Stations for MFRA through NWCH, and exceeded social value expectations; a practice they intend to repeat in St Helen’s. The social value aims of MFRA are to reduce worklessness in the area, so the focus will be on local supply chain spend to create jobs and engage positively with the local community. New opportunities will also be created through implementing apprenticeship and training weeks, work placements and education activities, helping people take a step towards employment. 

NWCH, Wates and MFRA will collaborate to:

  • Develop and implement a bespoke community investment plan in partnership with MFRA.
  • 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.
  • Measure the KPI results and performance and produce regular reports.

“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. Overall, there were a total of 274 employment and skills outputs specified to achieve on the Merseyside Fire and Rescue projects – we delivered a total of 468. This is a fantastic performance.” Stewart Woods – Head of Estates at MFRA

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