Search for new HQ for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service still on

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service is still on the hunt for a new HQ. Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service is still on the hunt for a new HQ.

Saturday, May 10, 2014
4:00 PM

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service is continuing its search for a new location for its headquarters after an unsuccessful bid on a vacant building in St Ives.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

An independent survey carried out on the premises at Hinchingbrooke Cottage in Huntingdon highlighted “environmental difficulties” with the current building. An offer was made for a potential replacement but a higher offer has now been accepted.

Matthew Warren, director of resources at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We are currently looking at a number of different options for a new headquarters site, as well as the fire station and training centre in Huntingdon. This is to ensure we are getting the best possible value from our property portfolio.

“The options will be assessed and presented to the Fire Authority later this year for consideration.”

Cambridgeshire Fire Authority is also reviewing a number of stations across the county, including Huntingdon. As home to the training centre, the site is significant in size but the documents from the Fire Authority Resources Committee on April 24 draw attention to a number of issues.

The documents state: “The size itself is prohibitive from a training perspective as the car park encroaches onto the training centre, providing little room to perform drills and exercises.”

It will now look at whether a combined site is still suitable or whether to separate the training centre from the station. It will also consider whether to provide housing as part of the scheme to redevelop the site, similar to but on a smaller scale than Parkside in Cambridge.

Yaxley Fire Station has been deemed unfit for purpose, and despite efforts to find a suitable replacement, one has not yet been found. Designs are currently being developed to rebuild the station on the existing site.

A possible relocation of Papworth Fire Station to Cambourne will be considered in light of the Government approval for the relocation of Papworth Hospital to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hunts Post visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hunts Post staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Forgotten your password?

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hunts Post account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Homes24
Jobs24
Drive24
LocalSearch24
MyDate24
MyPhotos24
FamilyNotices24
Weddingsite

Click here to read more of our digital publications
Hunts Post Business Awards Paper delivery enquiries Retailers List Reader Holidays

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT