Walker Construction (UK) Ltd were awarded the contract to build two new Fire and Rescue Stations at Rochester and Medway, the new Fire Station at Rochester is situated on a new site next to Rochester airport, the station also features a new state of the art Road Safety Centre attached to the station for training and educating the general public and schools, as well as a purpose built steel training tower building for Fire Officer training.
The decision to build the two new state of the art fire stations was that Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority is one of the largest Fire and Rescue Authorities in the country, responsible for delivering fire and rescue services to over 1.7 million people in the county of Kent covering 3,855sq km, requiring expansion to reduce response times and provide an educational centre for awareness of motoring accidents and issues.
The buildings were constructed using a bespoke steel frame design, partial height exposed external brickwork, internal blockwork and architectural external insulated SIPS panels and triple glazing to meet BREEAM ratings and compliance. The building has secure access doors and automatic emergency doors for the main garage area with room for a minimum of three appliances at each station and the necessary rescue equipment. The station also has a steel and concrete training tower, fire training facilities, fire and smoke training rooms. The fit-out work includes rest areas, offices, catering facilities, shower rooms, toilets, sleeping areas, games areas and a fitness suite. Rochester fire station included a 100 seat lecture theatre, IT suite for 40 people, vending machines, display centre and additional parking for 50 vehicles and 4 coaches.
The external works included water harvesting tanks, hard standing areas, car and coach parks, landscaping, Section 278 works for joining the main carriageway and alterations to the existing highway layout.