Work begins on new joint police and fire station in Stowmarket
Work has started on a new £3.7 million police and fire station in Suffolk.
The new site in Stowmarket, situated on the A1120 junction that joins Needham Road, is expected to be operational in June 2022.
The building will boast a number of green credentials, including photovoltaic panels, an air source heat pump system and 14 electric charging points.
Stowmarket's new venture for the police and fire services is the latest in a programme of joint stations across the county, and the first new build to be undertaken.
Tim Passmore, Suffolk's Police and Crime Commissioner, helped marked the start of the works.
He said: "I am delighted to mark the start of works on this ambitious project with Suffolk Fire and Rescue. This is great news for the Constabulary, for Suffolk Fire and Rescue and for the local communities in Stowmarket and the surrounding villages.
"Working together is absolutely key to meeting the financial challenges that we face. The 11 existing shared stations across the county have proved a tremendous success. This new facility in Stowmarket and the new joint station at Princes Street in Ipswich will see equal benefit I’m sure.
“This collaboration saves the public purse the cost of running multiple buildings and improves the joint working of these two-key blue-light services, which makes perfect sense.”
Cllr Andrew Reid, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Public Protection & Communities at Suffolk County Council, added: "It’s really exciting to get construction of this project underway. I’m particularly pleased to see a focus on the reduction of carbon emissions and use of green alternatives as part of the build.
"I’m sure that Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service colleagues will be proud to serve the local community from a station which is designed to consider its local environment too. Coupled with all the new facilities that will be available to our emergency services, this will be an excellent base from which we can continue to keep Suffolk safe.”