Hartlepool fire HQ set to be demolished to make way for new development

Artist's impression of proposed new Cleveland Fire Brigade HQ.
Artist's impression of proposed new Cleveland Fire Brigade HQ.

FIRE chiefs are seeking permission to demolish their existing headquarters in Hartlepool as part of a redevelopment of the site.

Cleveland Fire Authority has submitted outline plans to knock down the HQ at Queens Meadow Business Park and create new facilities for both the fire and police services.

The proposals form the second phase of the wider development of the site which also includes plans on another part of the site for fire training and administration facilities.

A planning statement by Dynamic Development Solutions said the applications reflect the current and future needs of Cleveland Fire Authority and will safeguard up to 140 jobs.

The phase two application seeks demolition of the existing fire authority headquarters and development of fire training and police building facilities over 2.4 hectares of the site off the A689.

The plans state the demolition of the existing fire headquarters building will make way for a proposed technical workshop and stores building as well as fire training facilities, including smoke house, fire behaviour training, road traffic incident facility and industrial training facility, with associated landscaping.

The design statement states: “The fire training elements of the proposal will provide the Cleveland Fire Authority state-of-the-art real world fire training facilities in order to maintain a highly skilled and professional workforce and ultimately prevent firefighter injury and deaths, while promoting best safety practices.

“The police teaching building is sited in the centre of the site and will provide a mix of classrooms and training offices with the addition of a gym element.”

“The proposed development accords with the aspirations of the policy, and the provision of a new facility in this location will provide high quality facilities which are considered to visually enhance the site and views from the surrounding area.

“The development will secure access to emergency services to the benefit of the wider community as well as securing a minimum of 120 to 140 jobs on the site.”

No frontline fire engines will be based at the site for call outs although it will include a technical centre where fire authority vehicles will be serviced and maintained.

The road collision training facility will include the recreation of a stretch of road complete with street furniture to recreate different types of accident that firefighters are faced with.

The proposals under phase one of the development form the basis of a separate planning application.