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York's new fire station takes shape
WORK on building York’s new £2.3 million fire station is now well under way with the assembly of its steel framework.
Eighty tonnes of steel have been delivered to the site of a former coach park in Kent Street where the new station is set to be completed by the beginning of next year.
The station, which will replace the firefighters’ traditional base in Clifford Street, is intended to provide a more modern working environment, said the station’s builders Caddick Construction.
“It will comprise of three vehicle bays and further facilities, ranging from office space to a training tower in the rear yard,” said a spokesman.
Contracts manager Chris Allot said: “It’s great at last to see the steelwork going up and the development coming out of the ground with the investment finally taking shape. “We have been able to get a lot of the external ground works completed during the good weather and hopefully this will continue.
“The project in York is well under way with the delivery of the steel frames; this is a crucial and monumental stage of the building process. The erection of the steel frame will be completed within a three-week period.”
The proposals to replace the Clifford Street station with the new, smaller facility in Kent Street, with only one fire engine permanently based there and another engine relocated to Huntington fire station, met with stiff opposition from conservation groups and the Fire Brigades Union (FBU).
They raised concerns that a reduction in city centre fire cover would put medieval timber-framed buildings and their occupants at increased risk if a major blaze broke out.
But fire chiefs dismissed the claims, and said the new arrangements would mean better fire cover for 31,000 residents in the northern part of the city.
North Yorkshire Fire Authority eventually gave the plans the go-ahead subject to a series of conditions, including a commitment for officers to review the impact 12 months after completion and for the new station to have three bays, so the second engine could be brought back into the centre if the change was found to be a mistake.
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