To improve services, Lincolnshire County Council commissioned our team to design and deliver a new fire station and co-located council offices. Subsequently, they instructed us to modify the developing design to include East Midlands Ambulance Service, as part of a programme to co-locate personnel from different services. We developed the design in close collaboration with emergency services officers to reflect their operational requirements; specifically, the sequence when crews pass through the building in response to a call out.

The new facilities include a modern three-storey building, which features a four-engine appliance bay. The offices for ambulance service and council staff are on the upper floors. Specialist rooms for the ambulance service include dirty utility and drug storage. There is also a gymnasium to allow staff to maintain fitness. Another building provides garaging for the vehicles of Lincolnshire’s Urban Search and Rescue Team. A new training tower at the rear of the site includes a simulated search and rescue training facility and a practice road traffic collision area, which allows firefighters and ambulance crews to train together. Another building provides sleeping accommodation for the whole-time firefighters at the station.

The project team handed over the new building in March 2018 and it became operational in May. The new Sleaford Fire and Ambulance Station is the base for around 38 ambulance service clinicians, 24 fire service staff and the Urban Search and Rescue team as well as several Lincolnshire County Council staff.

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