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Wildgoose Construction has been chosen as the principal contractor to build a new community fire station in South Derbyshire.

The Derbyshire firm was awarded the £2.9m contract for the new Swadlincote Fire Station, which will also accommodate East Midlands Ambulance Service, following a competitive tender process.

Wildgoose will demolish the existing 1950s station and training centre in Civic Way and build a two-storey community station and separate tower and smoke house in its place for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The steel framed building, designed by JTP Architects, will be finished in a combination of brick, render and cladding and an aluminium roof.

It will include bays for four fire engines, accommodation and offices for staff, a gym and catering facilities.

It will also have community facilities and a meeting room alongside parking for up to 36 vehicles. A smoke-house and tower will be built for training purposes.

Work has started on site and the build is expected to be completed in November 2018. When finished, it will house up to five full time and 18 part-time staff.

As part of the scheme a remaining section of platform from the old Swadlincote Train Station, which the site was once home to, will be dismantled brick by brick and re-built in the same location to allow a retaining wall to be constructed.

Jonathan Wildgoose, Executive Chairman of Wildgoose Construction, said: “We’re proud to have been awarded this contract to build such an important community facility in South Derbyshire.

“We’re now looking forward to getting on site for the project and delivering a high quality product for the fire service and its staff which will benefit the area for years to come.”

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Gavin Tomlinson said: “Built in the 1950s with increasing maintenance costs in excess of half a million pounds, Swadlincote Fire Station was no longer fit for purpose and didn’t meet the operational needs of a modern fire and rescue service.

“A new station therefore became a priority and I’m delighted that the building work has now begun. I look forward to seeing the completed station; a new station for Swadlincote that we can proudly share with our colleagues from EMAS, further demonstrating our commitment to collaboration with emergency service colleagues.

“I’d like to reassure people that during the build, the level of cover provided in Swadlincote will not be affected as firefighters and the community safety officer for the area have moved into temporary accommodation a stone’s throw down the road – its business as usual, just from a different base.”

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