200 jobs to move to Chorley's new fire HQ

The current fire service base

The current fire service base

First published in News Chorley Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Around 200 jobs will be transferring to Chorley when the county’s fire service builds its new headquarters in the town.

Lancashire’s Combined Fire Authority have approved plans to re-locate the offices of the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service from Fulwood to Washington Hall, Euxton.

The new building will placed alongside the current training centre site on aiming for Spring of 2016 to complete the move.

The £10 million project, will be funded out of the Fire Authority’s own capital budget but an additional bid has been made for a central Government grant.

The move forms part of the wider redevelopment of the Chorley site, which includes the provision of a new fire station.

Lancashire’s Chief Fire Officer Chris Kenny said: “The Service HQ building on Garstang Road, Fulwood was built as a private residence for one family but is now workplace for 187 people.

“Over many years it has become a compromise in terms of space and suitability for purpose. Moreover, the cost of maintaining and heating the old building has been a constant drain on resources which will be more than offset by the energy and efficiency savings that purpose-built premises would guarantee.

“The site at Fulwood also includes Fulwood fire station and the arrangements for moving do not incorporate any change to this.

“The cost of refurbishing the present buildings would be significant and it simply could not be adapted to serve our needs at any price.

“Evidence of the cost-effectiveness of our proposal for a new-build solution is compelling and the space available at our Training Centre site would enable us to sell the site at Fulwood – in whole or part – saving considerable sums on the running costs and contributing to our capital reserves.”

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