Lakehouse hands over exemplar Walthamstow Fire Station
19 Mar 2012
Lakehouse has recently completed work on the new ‘exemplar’ fire station, in Forest Road, Walthamstow, which has been designed to accommodate the new generation of fire appliances and meet the current needs of the London Fire Brigade. (LFB). The new Walthamstow development will provide a benchmark in terms of operational facilities, sustainability and accessibility for incorporation into other fire station redevelopment schemes around the capital.
Walthamstow Fire Station re-opened its doors on Thursday 23 February. The old 1920’s building on Forest Road has made way for a 21st century fire station on the same site, housing an additional fire engine and 20 extra firefighters.
Chairman of London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority Cllr Brian Coleman AM FRSA said: “This completely rebuilt fire station provides Londoners with an excellent new facility and the £7.5 million we have invested in this state-of-the art building demonstrates our continuing commitment to maintaining the world class fire and rescue service the capital has come to expect.”
The station was officially opened by London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority member and Waltham Forest Councillor Liaquat Ali, accompanied by Chairman of London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority Cllr Brian Coleman AM FRSA and London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson.
The second fire engine and 20 additional firefighters now based at Walthamstow will mean quicker attendance times for the area and more Brigade staff working in the community to prevent fires from happening in the first place. The rebuilt station will provide three ‘appliance bays’ suitable for the largest fire appliances that the Brigade currently uses and is kitted out with community facilities that will allow members of the public to easily access vital life saving fire safety advice.