A NEW £800,000 fire station is taking shape on Hartlepool’s Headland.
Building work on the new retained station is now well under way in Durham Street, where it is replacing the former 50-year-old facility.
The building project is part of a major push by Cleveland Fire Brigade to improve firefighting facilities across the county, despite savage budget cuts of £5.75m.
The state-of-the-art Headland Fire Station, on the same site as the previous building, will continue to house one fire engine, to provide community services and respond to emergencies.
Ian Hayton, the brigade’s Chief Fire Officer, welcomed the progress.
He said: “The new community fire station will be a state-of-the-art facility which will ensure that it not only delivers a high-class service for the brigade’s emergency response, but the building will also have a community room which will be available to members of the local community to utilise.”
Archaeologists have reported the site of the building covers important heritage sites of St Hilda’s Church which date back to 1185 and the 14th century Town Wall.
Ray Khaliq, director of technical services, added emergency response services are still being delivered by retained firefighters from a temporary fire station at the rear of the building site.
Councillor Robbie Payne, chairman of Cleveland Fire Authority and a ward member for Headland and Harbour earlier said: “This is a great investment and a long-term commitment to the delivery of high-class community safety and emergency response services to the people of the Headland.
“The building of a new fire station on the Headland, at Hartlepool, marks the start of a multi-million pound five-year rolling programme to bring about continuous improvement of brigade facilities, and that has to be welcomed.”
Headland residents had a say in shaping the new facility after they were invited to vote for their preferred design out of three options put forward.
The new building is hoped to be completed by August.