Knights Brown has completed construction of the new Crowthorne Community Fire Station, which opened for service on Sunday 3 May 2020.
Crowthorne becomes Royal Berkshire’s second tri-service community fire station (after Hungerford, 2017) and provides a shared location for Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS), Thames Valley Police and South Central Ambulance Service.
Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak, Knights Brown was able to adapt their methodology to work within the construction industry’s site operating procedures to safely complete the project on schedule.
Divisional Director, Bryan Kennedy said: “I am grateful to my team and our supply chain for responding so positively to the challenges posed by coronavirus. The fire service has an essential role to play, not least during these exceptional times, and we were pleased to be able to keep working to bring this operational base for the three blue light services online.”
The rebuild of Crowthorne Community Fire Station is part of RBFRS’s plans to modernise its buildings over the next 15 years providing suitable, fit for purpose, community-based fire stations across the county of Berkshire.
Knights Brown has recently begun work on to construct a new fire station at Theale, also for RBFRS, as part of this programme.
On-call firefighters at Crowthorne now benefit from improved facilities for training and welfare, as well as an enhanced fire station layout. Various energy efficient features have been included, such as roof mounted solar panels and facility for electric vehicle charging points, which will all help reduce carbon emissions and improve the station’s environmental impact.
Watch aerial footage of the new station.