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The project to build a new fire station at Rochdale has taken a significant step forward with agreement being reached on the land site for the new fire station and on the future of the existing fire station site at McClure Road.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has now purchased land at on Halifax Road in the Belfield Hamer Close area, on which to build its new state of the art community fire station. Meanwhile, Rochdale Council has taken the decision not to purchase the old site at Maclure Road; this will now be sold on the open market.
The process to appoint a suitable building Contractor is underway. The 99 original bidders have been narrowed down to six Contractors who are now compiling their tenders before the closing date of the 20th October, after which the successful Contractor will be appointed and announced.
The location of the new fire station is strategically placed to enable firefighters to continue to meet their target of reaching domestic properties where persons are reported trapped within seven minutes for the first fire engine and nine minutes for the second.
The station will be specifically designed to be environmentally efficient and will be built to achieve an excellent Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) accreditation. This is a measure of a building's carbon footprint and positive impact upon the environment.
Initiatives such as rainwater recycling systems to flush toilets and solar collectors to provide hot water for shower and washing, along with a recycling policy throughout the construction phase will ensure best use of resources is achieved. Recycled and waste materials will be utilised wherever possible in the construction of the new Fire Station and waste materials from the site recycled.
The station will cover an area of 900m2 and will include a community room for use by GMFRS community partners and community groups.
Fire Authority Chairman, Cllr Paul Shannon said: "I am delighted that this Authority has continually supported the plans to build a new fire station at Rochdale despite continuing restrictions on public funds. As a public service we have a duty to provide the best possible facilities to protect the community and the new station will help us achieve this for the people of Rochdale.
Building work is expected to start in the New Year with completion within 12 months of the work commencing.