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Press Release - Camels Head Fire Station refurbishment plans
Posted on 07/01/2019

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service (DSFRS) are pleased to report that, as part of an ongoing investment into the physical assets that support our operational delivery, a planning application has been submitted to Plymouth City Council for the complete refurbishment of the existing Fire Station at Camels Head.

Aspirations for the project

The £2.6million project has been set a number of aspirations for the project to deliver and these are:

·         The completed building should be a landmark building in the City of Plymouth that demonstrates our commitment to provide modern 21st Century Fire & Rescue Services to the community.

·         The building design should make a positive contribution to the environment against current models by maximising the use of renewable energy sources to minimise energy use and operating costs and reduce our carbon footprint. 

·         The building should be constructed to ensure good, whole life public investment through good and efficient design balancing quality of design with cost.

Proposed project

In brief the project will deliver:

  • Significant remodelling of the existing building layouts to improve operational efficiency
  • Improved aesthetic and thermal efficiency properties of the external envelope (Cladding, insulation, windows)
  • Improved Building Services (Heating Systems, Electrical systems, Provision of a passenger lift)
  • Improved Internal Finishes (replacement of floor coverings, suspended ceilings, redecoration)
  • Provision of new technologies to reduce operating costs and carbon footprint in line with the DSFRS Code For The Sustainable Design of Buildings and Engineering Systems

Operational functionality will be maintained throughout the duration of the project by phasing of the works and re-provision of the accommodation within the site as works progress to ensure that the station will continue to function as normal.

The final design is the output of many months of close working between the Estates team, professional designers and our Camels Head station crews to ensure that the final building will provide an effective operational service and efficient use of our resources in line with our Fire and Rescue Plan.


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