Fire stations of the world: New State-of-the-art Ponteland Fire Station opened in Northumberland, UK
The Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service officially opened the new Ponteland Fire Station in March 2021 and is situated at Callerton Lane, Ponteland in Northumberland, UK. The new Ponteland Station is purpose built and "fit for 21st Century fire fighting", according to Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service. Officials at the service say the new building will help provide a "reliable and efficient modern-day service" for locals. The on-call emergency response crew working out of the station has already attended 65 different incidents, including fires, car crashes, floods and the discovery of hazardous materials.
This Ponteland Fire Station is staffed by on-call fire fighters and is the base for a fire appliance and a multi-purpose 4x4 vehicle. The station is also the base for other specialist equipment including a Betsy water pumping unit.
The fire station composition is orchestrated around a Ground Floor layout, containing a double height appliance bay for the storage of the response vehicle, with adjacent ancillary spaces for the maintenance and storage of equipment. The station houses shower and changing facilities for operating staff, as well as general office and communal space, with yard and training tower to the rear.
The station will service Ponteland village and the surrounding areas of Northumberland, without compromising the dispatch times given the minor distance in relocation. However, the facility will also operate as a part time training facility and the building includes a 14-metre high training tower and drill yard to accommodate training purposes.
Gradon’s design of the facility comprises of an arrangement composed over two banks of accommodation, operational and ancillary. The operational facilities are positioned within a single story building and connected via a centrifugal corridor to the first floor ancillary spaces that house a kitchen, office space, server and plant room for the stations use. A further 13 parking bays have also been created to enable better access to the site. Elements of sustainability have also been utilised within the design. Water harvesting systems have been implemented via roller shutters and shelters to retain water openings within the buildings envelope and collect and reuse the water on-site.
The station was officially opened by Fire Authority chair, Northumberland County Councillor John Riddle. He said he hoped the station would help protect the town against emergencies for "generations to come". Councillor Riddle added, "I am delighted to be officially opening the new Ponteland Fire Station. This is the culmination of the efforts of our colleagues whose vision and incredible hard work has resulted in today’s success.”
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Mark McCarty said, “This is a state-of-the-art fire station which brings the facilities into the 21st Century. The building allows the team at Ponteland to continue to support the local community delivering emergency response, fire safety advice, humanitarian services and safety advice to residents across Northumberland. This will serve our communities for decades and is an exciting opportunity for the people of Ponteland.”
Source: Northumberland County Council, Gradon Achitecture