A new six bay community fire station on a challenging site, the site sits on the junction of Keynsham Road and the College Bath Road.
Originally occupied by an existing fire station this site offered the opportunity to redevelop sensitively to create a building of high quality in the conservation area. To the south the site backs on to the existing listed Cheltenham Victorian Baths building.
The building has a number of uses which have helped to inform the layout of the building and site. A key design generator in this process was the creation of a double height glazed street space which defines the circulation across the site. This element runs from north to south on the site linking public entrances to the building from the public car park off Keynsham Road to the visitor parking off College Baths Road.
It also facilitates the visual separation of a landmark element on the corner of the junction. To the western side of this street a double storey element housing the community and public facilities at ground floor and the lecture and gymnasium facilities above. All the publicly accessed elements are at ground floor ensuring operational and public use are subtly separated. The building at Keynsham Road was awarded a Cheltenham Civic Society Design Award in 2012. This project achieved BREEAM excellent.