Hydrock is providing structural and civil engineering design services to Avon Fire Authority in the development of a new build replacement fire station at Temple Back in the centre of Bristol.
With the existing 1970s buildings estimated to incur a £9m maintenance bill over the next decade, it was decided that a new Temple Fire Station should be built on a smaller footprint at the existing site, providing a modern facility for local people.
The new station will comprise three storeys with operational facilities on the ground floor, support and gym facilities on the first floor, and living and training accommodation on the second floor.
Archaeological constraints have necessitated the use of piled foundations, and one of the challenges on this particular project was the risk of encountering unexploded ordnance during piling operations. This presented a large risk to both programme and budget for the project. Hydrock therefore fast-tracked the design of the piled foundations for the building to enable ordnance probing work to be carried out in advance of the main construction contract.
We have also specified the reclamation of aggregates from the demolition of the old concrete framed building for reuse as a piling mat and ultimately as a sub base for the new external paving areas, resulting in further cost savings for the project.
Work started on the build in July 2015 and the project is expected to complete in the summer of 2016.
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