Work starts on York's new fire station in Kent Street

An artist’s impression of the new fire             station in Kent Street, York

An artist’s impression of the new fire station in Kent Street, York

Published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

WORK is set to start next month on the construction of a new fire station in York city centre, along with an upgrade of the existing station at Huntington.

The new station, which will be built on the site of a former coach park in Kent Street, will replace the existing, outdated complex in Clifford Street as part of a £4 million investment in York.

A fire service spokeswoman said the project had a provisional start date of mid to late February, but this would be subject to suitable weather.

She said the scheme was expected to take between nine and 12 months, with a targeted completion date of next January.

The Kent Street station will have only one whole-time crewed fire engine, compared with the two engines currently based in Clifford Street. One of the engines will be transferred to the station on the outer ring road, near Huntington.

The proposal to downgrade city centre cover was greeted with protests in 2011 by York conservationists and the firefighters union, the FBU.

Organisations such as York Civic Trust and York Conservation Trust argued that the reduction in cover would put medieval, timber-framed buildings within the heart of York at greater risk of destruction.

But the fire service said there would only be a very slight increase in the time taken by firefighters to get to city centre properties.

At the same time, there would be a significant improvement in tackling fires in communities to the north of the city such as Huntington and Clifton Moor, and in dealing with road accidents.

The spokeswoman said yesterday that as well as the fire engine, a rescue boat would also be based at the station, with a further boat located on the River Ouse.

The station – which would feature the traditional fireman’s pole – would also include a fire safety office and a room for local community groups to use.

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9:43am Thu 24 Jan 13

sheps lad says...

Are they building it out of Leggo bricks?
Are they building it out of Leggo bricks? sheps lad
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10:12am Thu 24 Jan 13

pedalling paul says...

Handy if the Barbican ever catches fire...............
Handy if the Barbican ever catches fire............... pedalling paul
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10:50am Thu 24 Jan 13

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

How will it be heated? If it uses gas, it'll be a gas-powered fire station.
How will it be heated? If it uses gas, it'll be a gas-powered fire station. Ignatius Lumpopo
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11:46am Thu 24 Jan 13

Waspish1 says...

What are the plans for the Clifford Street site ?
What are the plans for the Clifford Street site ? Waspish1
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11:55am Thu 24 Jan 13

BL2 says...

Going to be interesting watching the engines trying to rush through the queues around fishergate to get into town...
Going to be interesting watching the engines trying to rush through the queues around fishergate to get into town... BL2
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1:08pm Thu 24 Jan 13

pedalling paul says...

Emergency vehicles with blue lights will get through as quickly as cyclists........
Emergency vehicles with blue lights will get through as quickly as cyclists........ pedalling paul
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1:16pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Fat Harry says...

Don't think it'll be troubling too many arcitectral awards committees.
Don't think it'll be troubling too many arcitectral awards committees. Fat Harry
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8:05pm Thu 24 Jan 13

JHardacre says...

Fat Harry wrote:
Don't think it'll be troubling too many arcitectral awards committees.
Neither will your spelling win any award either!

Returning to the topic it's good to know that Huntington and it's neighbourhood is fully covered. Wouldn't want to live in Fulford, Heslington or Dringhouses though.
[quote][p][bold]Fat Harry[/bold] wrote: Don't think it'll be troubling too many arcitectral awards committees.[/p][/quote]Neither will your spelling win any award either! Returning to the topic it's good to know that Huntington and it's neighbourhood is fully covered. Wouldn't want to live in Fulford, Heslington or Dringhouses though. JHardacre
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