Cosham Fire Station 'tops out'!
To mark a pivotal stage in the construction of Cosham Fire Station, a topping out ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of the main structure.
The team are now set to work on the interior of the building to ensure it is ready for firefighters to move in, in mid-2024.
A short walk from the current station, building began on the new three-storey facility in February this year.
The new station will have improved training facilities, separate clean and dirty zones formanaging contamination, plus space for partners.
The existing Cosham Fire Station, in Wayte Street, remains operational throughout the build of the nearby site on Northern Road.
Cllr Rhydian Vaughan MBE, Chairman of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Authority, said:
It is wonderful to see the progress that has been made as the new station begins to take shape.
Our Estates team has worked incredibly closely with the local community, the crews here at Cosham, our partners and Morgan Sindall, in order to reach this milestone.
I know our firefighters are excited that their station will boast state-of-the-art training facilities whilst having dedicated areas for their partnership and community engagement work.”
Clifford Kinch, Area Director for Morgan Sindall Construction’s South business, said:
Blue light facilities play a pivotal role in our local communities, and it was areal privilege to attend the topping out ceremony at Cosham’s brand new, state-of-the-art fire station.
This new station will provide an advanced, high-end facility for the area’s expert firefighters to train in and it will ensure that they have the best resources available to them when undertaking their vital work.
Our close collaboration with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Authority has been a key aspect of this project. Not only has this meant that the design and construction of the new facility has been carefully tailored to their needs, but it’s been a real honour to see the amazing service they provide every day in our region.”
Donna Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and Isle of Wight, said:
I’m delighted to see the new police base at the fire station start take shape. It’s a pleasure to be sharing this new blue light hub with our Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service colleagues.
Our brave emergency services do an amazing job keeping us all safe on a daily basis and they deserve modern working environments to work from and collaborate.
There will be clear delineation between Fire and Police at the site, with the police section of the building having a public front counter for people to report crime or speak to their local police officer.”