PLANS to build a new community fire and ambulance station in Wigan have been approved by Wigan Council.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and North West Ambulance Serviceâ€™s (NWAS) joint venture with the selected contractor, Willmott Dixon, is set to get underway after the councilâ€™s planners gave the project the green light on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.
The station will replace the existing community fire station in Robin Park Road in the centre of Wigan and will see firefighters and paramedics work side-by-side from the site which is expected to open in summer 2017.
Chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: â€œSecuring approval for the project is fantastic news for GMFRS, NWAS and the people of Wigan who will benefit from severalfeatures, which will include a community room and a gymnasium.
â€œThe project means we can further improve our relationship with the ambulance service as well as make financial savings over the years, similarly to the projects in Irlam and at our Philips Park site which already sees fire and ambulance work together.â€
It is hoped that the project will see GMFRS and NWAS achieve a superior Building Research Establishment Environmental Method accreditation - a measure of a building's carbon footprint and positive impact on the environment.
NWASâ€™ Steve Hynes, Greater Manchester Head of Service adds: â€œWeâ€™re delighted that we have received the green light to go ahead with this great example of collaboration. Weâ€™re very much looking forward to moving into this bespoke building once complete.â€
Wigan firefighters and officers are working from temporary accommodation on the Robin Park Road site so that demolition of the old station can begin. The temporary accommodation serves as a fullyÂ functioning fire station for crew to work from until the new station is open.
Below are artist impressions of the new joint station.