As Darlington Fire Station has been an integral part of the town centre for over 40 years, it was with considerable pride that Niven were chosen to look at the redevelopment of the station, which is just a stone’s throw away from our Business Central location. Following a Feasibility Study which involved intensive client liaison, a full design team was brought together under the Pagabo Framework to take the project through to completion. In terms of design, the new fire station is driven by the functionality of the Fire Service: the relationship between the spaces are key to a successful fire station. With a more efficiently planned building, we have been able to release a section of land for a potential terrace of housing onto Park Place. This ties in with the long term plans to reinvigorate the surrounding area with new housing.
When identifying materials for the fire station, we felt it was important to build on the heritage of Darlington and have quality, well detailed brickwork as the key choice. To improve the drainage strategy and promote real sustainability, it is the intention to have a sedum roof on the appliance room along with PV roof panels. A full Planning submission is currently being prepared with a target to begin construction early 2019.
Client: County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service
Construction Value: £2.5M