The Aberystwyth Fire Station project has been handed over to Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service
The £1.6m scheme involved the construction of a new Fire Station following demolition of the existing fire station building, along with various external works including drainage and a drill tower. Located at the existing fire station on Penparcau Road in Trefechan, the new two-storey building provides offices, meeting rooms, store rooms, entrance lobby, community room, kitchen, watch room, operations and training space. Firefighters were temporarily housed in the town's TA Centre whilst work was undertaken. In collaboration with Lawray Architects, Roger Casey Associates and McCann & Partners the project has achieved BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.
As well as participating in the Constructing Excellence in Wales Demonstration Programme, the scheme also took part in the Welsh Government sponsored Enabling Zero Waste initiative where we worked with CEW to avert waste generated during the demolition and new build. An Enabling Zero Waste update and Final Peer Review event took place last week where we conducted a peer review of our practices and delivered a presentation to organisations within the industry. Following the event the Fire Station passed and has been awarded Demonstration status.
The scheme is an exemplar regarding waste minimisation and diverted over 95% from landfill. The demolition phase achieved a 91% diversion of waste from landfill achieving Welsh Government’s current target of 70% of all waste, by weight, shall be prepared for reuse, recycled, or recovered by 2015/16. The project success also exceeds Welsh Government targets of 90% waste diverted from landfill by 2019/20. The construction phase achieved 99.6% diversion of waste from landfill. Although diversion rates from landfill are high, 46.6% of waste was recycled with 53% of the waste produced (the majority of which was mixed waste) sent for energy recovery. Other successes on the project involved undertaking a pre-demolition survey to identify opportunities for reuse and recycling and the setting up of closed loop takeback schemes for waste offcuts.
WRW and Lawray Architects gave a project overview detailing results and waste management challenges and highlighted examples of best practice.
The event was followed by a tour of the new Fire Station.