Revealed: Plans for £2.4m ‘fambulance’ station in Lancaster

An artist's impression of Lancaster's new fire and ambulance station
An artist's impression of Lancaster's new fire and ambulance station

Lancaster fire station will be demolished to create a modern base for firefighters and paramedics in the city.

Under the proposals put together by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS), the existing facility in Cable Street will be knocked down and replaced with a new building to accommodate two fire engines and seven ambulances plus rapid response vehicles.

Lancaster fire station.

Lancaster fire station.

Last year, LFRS successfully bid for £2.4m of government funding to rebuild the station.

Plans were revealed after the fire service approached Lancaster City Council to ask for help in recruiting more on-call or retained fire fighters for Lancaster.

The adjoining building which is currently occupied by a gym would become accommodation, recreation and administration space for staff.

The plans also include a new watch tower, car parking, and a 2.4m high perimeter wall around the site.

A retained fire engine is expected to replace the current second ‘full-time’ engine in Lancaster, expected to be withdrawn from service this year.

Due to a 10 per cent cut in a government grant, the fire service needs to save £10m by 2016/17.

The existing three storey 38 Cable Street building to the west of the site will be refurbished to accommodate ancillary accommodation for all the staff based there.

Accommodation will include all recreational, rest, sleeping, administration, community areas and associated supporting facilities.

The new building will be attached via a transparent glazed link housing a watch office for the fire crews.

Access and egress to the site is through a controlled gate which leads to the emergency vehicle parking areas and designated staff parking.

LFRS said the scheme has arisen for the need to incorporate a base for the ambulance service in addition to providing areas within for community use.

Multi function rooms with toilets and refreshment facilities have also been provided as part of the proposals.