Work on building a new Community Fire and Police Station in Prescot will begin shortly as partners gathered at the Manchester Road Site to celebrate a ‘turf-cutting’ ceremony.
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Authority, Merseyside Police, the Police and Crime Commissioner, and Knowsley MBC have worked together to make the joint station a reality.
The innovative community project helps the organisations involved meet cuts in government funding whilst delivering a high quality community resource in Knowsley.
In Knowsley, this means that Huyton and Whiston fire stations will close when the new Prescot station is operational and the site was chosen as it provides the best emergency response cover to the Huyton and Whiston areas.
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Authority have purchased the site from Knowsley Borough Council, and the Department of Communities and Local Government have assisted with the build costs by the provision of a capital grant. The building will be constructed by Wates Construction.
Merseyside Police colleagues have been keen to collaborate on the project and will operate a Community Police Station from the building.
Site preparation works will begin in November 2016, with the building work starting early in 2017. It is expected that the Station will be fully operational in February 2018.
Merseyside’s Police & Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “I am pleased that we are now in a position to officially get work underway on this new Community Fire and Police Station for Prescot.
“This joint community station is a good example of our shared commitment to working together to provide the best possible service to people on Merseyside. Not only will this centre reduce costs and increase efficiency, it will also enable officers and firefighters to work in closer partnership in facilities which are modern and fit for purpose.
“This sod-turning ceremony is another step towards fulfilling my 10-year pledge to provide the officers and staff of Merseyside Police the stations they need to best serve the public, now and for years to come.”
Wates was appointed to build the Prescot Community Fire and Police Station via the North West Construction Hub (NWCH), a procurement body designed to save time and money in the delivery of public sector building work in the region.
Tony Shenton, Business Unit Director of Wates Construction North West, said: “When investment is made to enhance and modernise the operations of vital front-line services, the absolute priority is that best value for money is achieved.
“Our longstanding partnership with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Services, along with our local knowledge and reputation as a leading contractor in the region, will enable us to once again deliver an essential emergency services project efficiency and effectively.”
For free fire safety advice or to request a home fire safety check, call 0800 731 5958.
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service also provides free smoke alarms for Merseyside residents aged 65 or over.
Image: From left- Regional MD of Wates Tony Shenton, Chair of Merseyside Fire & Rescue Authority Cllr. Dave Hanratty, Chief Fire Officer Dan Stephens, Leader of Knowsley Council Cllr Andy Moorhead, Chief Constable Andy Cooke, Chief Inspector George Phillips, Knowsley Cabinet Member Cllr. Mike Murphy, Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy.