Wigan Firefighters move into their new station
On June 21st 2017, firefighters from Blue Watch at Greater Manchester Fire Service and Rescue Service moved into the new station, which they will share with North West Ambulance Service colleagues later this year. This is the first joint Fire and Ambulance service station in the region and the pilot for future joined services.
Collaborative principles supported by the NWCH procurement vehicle allowed Willmott Dixon to work extensively with the GMFRS and NWAS, supporting them to understand and actively contribute to the design and operation of a new community fire and ambulance hub.
Built on the site of the existing Wigan Fire Station, the new build, 2 storey, 1,619m² facility includes community rooms, training, NWAS make-ready bays gym, suites, appliance bay, training tower, offices, covered wash down areas, external vehicle canopies and fuel station.
Both Greater Manchester Fire Service and North West Ambulance Service were under considerable pressure due to the closure and centralisation of 10 ambulance stations, as well as the move from a 7 bay fire station to a 3 bay fire station. Through continuous user engagement, NWCH and Willmott Dixon provided guidance and support throughout the procurement, design and build processes. This facilitated the realisation of an advanced, modern facility which serves the unique needs of both bluelight services whilst providing operational efficiencies and reduced revenue costs throughout the life of the building.