ISG has secured its latest framework project for Cleveland Fire Authority, commencing a circa £6m training and administration centre in Hartlepool. As sole appointee to a four-year capital build framework with the Fire Authority, worth more than £22m in total, ISG is also delivering a Technical Hub and Training facility and four local fire stations in Middlesbrough, Headland, Thornaby and Grangetown.
As the first phase of the redevelopment of the existing Queens Meadow Business Park site in Hartlepool, ISG will build a striking ‘delta-shaped’ training and administration centre designed by Bond Bryan Architects. On completion in summer 2016, fire authority staff will occupy the purpose-built centre and vacate the existing headquarters building on site, which will be demolished to make way for the state-of-the-art Technical Hub and Training facility that ISG will also build.
The circa 32,000 sq ft training and administration centre provides Cleveland Fire Authority with flexible accommodation across two floors – with majority open plan office areas, community facilities and training space. Designed to maximise the amount of daylight entering the building, the new centre features extensive curtain walling to its façade and an impressive full height atrium, with an outside terraced area at first floor level. Other facilities include a ground floor café, break out areas and a gymnasium, with highly-flexible training space featuring moveable partition wall structures to accommodate large or small groups.
Chief Fire Officer, Ian Hayton, said: “This development at our Queens Meadow site is vital to ensure that we can continue to provide the high standard of fire and rescue services that Teesside residents and businesses need in the 21st Century. We also need to avoid the heavy costs of repairing and maintaining existing buildings that will soon be unfit for purpose.
“This will be a Centre of Excellence with state-of-the-art training facilities for our firefighters and technical services provision to ensure all our equipment is maintained in top condition.”
The framework model for project delivery is proving highly effective at driving efficiencies in the build programme, with ISG using Cleveland Fire Authority’s own web-based procurement system to engage with the regional supply chain. Working closely with the client’s agent and cost consultant, Bradshaw, Gass & Hope, ISG has been involved in the design process at an early stage, maximising buildability efficiencies across the framework to deliver best value for the Authority.
Danny Murray, ISG’s Northern Regional Managing Director, added: “The redevelopment of Cleveland Fire Authority’s Queens Meadow Business Park site is a major investment in purpose-built accommodation to support the Service’s vital work in the region. The partnership approach to delivering this key infrastructure brings all stakeholders together, working collaboratively and sharing knowledge and best practice to add value at every stage of the build process. This brings real benefits, getting these vital projects to site more quickly and cost-effectively and leverages ISG’s considerable ‘blue light’ expertise and innovation.”
ISG added the Cleveland Fire Authority capital build framework to a growing list of public sector partnering agreements, including the North West Construction Hub, The EFA Framework, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Strategic Alliance Agreement Framework for Construction, Construction Framework South West and the Welsh schools and public sector framework SEWSCAP2.