Hartlepool residents are being invited to preview plans for the redevelopment of Cleveland Fire Brigade’s current Headquarters site at Queens Meadow Business Park, Hartlepool on Monday 20 October 2014.
The existing building is no longer viable and therefore plans have been drawn up to replace the current building for one fit for purpose and also to bring a number of non-operational facilities and resources to one site. The new Training and Technical Hub will house:
- Learning and Development Centre
- External Training Resources
- Administration and Management Services
- Technical Resources Centre
Architectural drawings and artist’s impressions will be available to view on Monday 20 October at the current Headquarters Building between 4pm-7pm, where staff will also be on hand to answer any questions and record any comments members of the public may have.
Chief Fire Officer Ian Hayton said, “This development at our Queens Meadow site is vital to ensure that we can continue to provide the high standard of fire and rescue services that Teesside residents and businesses need in the 21st century. We also need to avoid the heavy costs of repairing and maintaining existing buildings that will soon be un-fit for purpose.
“This will be a Centre of Excellence with state-of-the-art training facilities for our firefighters and technical services provision to ensure all our equipment is maintained in top condition.
“Invitations are being sent to local residents, Councillors and businesses but we would like anyone who is interested in learning more about our plans and having their say to join us at this event.”
Chair of Cleveland Fire Authority Brian Briggs said, “I would encourage the local community to come along and have their view on the proposed plans for the redevelopment of the Queens Meadow complex and see not only what fantastic facilities it will hold but also the benefits it will have on the community and local businesses.”
Cleveland Fire Authority are mindful that new civic buildings must deliver improved value for money and are seeking to work with partners to deliver more than fire and rescue services from the new Complex. Discussions are underway with Cleveland Police, who are working in partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council to secure greatest use from these state of the art facilities.
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “Both myself and the Chief Constable are supportive of the plans and welcome the opportunity of developing proposals with Cleveland Fire Brigade and Hartlepool Borough Council for shared training opportunities.”
The new Hub is part of a re-build programme that includes four new community fire stations at Middlesbrough, Headland, Thornaby and Grangetown. It will be financed from Cleveland Fire Authority’s reserve funds and government grants.
If any members of the public would like to indicate their attendance or have any queries they can contact the Brigade on 01429 874042.
If you are unable to attend the consultation event you can visit www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/queens-meadow where the plans will be available to view and you can make any comments or ask any questions you may have.