A new four bay community fire station, the building houses the accommodation necessary to support four appliance bays and an associated free standing two storey training facility.
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 the public entrance to the building with the staff entrance to the rear of the site. To the eastern side of this street a single storey element housing the community and public facilities drops towards the adjacent housing.
The more operational elements of the fire station are housed in a two-storey element to the west of the street. The street is intended to be used as a flexible space with several potential uses. Either as a display space or a break out space from the community element this element will be an inspirational, bright and flexible space. It is intended that this space will evolve with the use of the building over time.
The street element is fully glazed to take advantage of the solar energy harvesting that this site offers and to relate to the predominance of glass houses on the adjacent farms. As part of the ‘very good’ rating for the BREEAM assessment at Uckington, we have employed the use of a air source heat pump to harvest the warm air generated by the street space. The building has a sedum roof which will attempt to minimise its ecological impact on the site.