Wrexham based construction firm Read Construction Holdings Ltd. have ensured that the new £2.3m headquarters development scheme for Cheshire Fire and Rescue is back on track following the discovery of asbestos in the existing building.
The building work, which was expected to take up to twelve months and when completed will offer a new incident command and control training school and external training areas, new reception with improved disabled access and new conference meeting and training accommodation, has been extended slightly due to the need to remove the asbestos whilst keeping staff safe.
“Previously unidentified areas of asbestos were discovered within the building which meant our immediate concern was to safeguard our staff and ensure that we proceeded in accordance with the strict regulations regarding its removal.” Said Brian Wallace Facilities Manager of Cheshire Fire and Rescue. “Specialist contractors have dealt with the removal of the asbestos and Read have managed the situation carefully with the result that despite the small delay to our original schedule we are very much back on track.”
With the car park area now completed on time and to budget and the massive steel frame now in position headquarters staff are excited to see the development take shape.
"This is a significant project in the heart of the Cheshire Fire and Rescue headquarters which is very much a live environment delivering a vital service to the public.” Said Richard Heaton, Managing Director of Read Construction Holdings Ltd. “At Read we have a wealth of experience in managing the challenges of live sites such as schools and hospitals and even Chester Zoo where health and safety and attention to detail is paramount so the asbestos removal has been another of those challenges for us which we’re pleased to have successfully overcome.”
This development is part of a county wide initiative that will see improvements made to facilities across Cheshire allowing the service to deliver additional training to front line staff. The building will also be environmentally friendly with a variety of sustainability features including thermal excellence within the fabric of the building and will have a high BREEAM rating. BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de facto measure used to describe a building's environmental performance.
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