Client: Fire & Rescue NSW
Location: Wallsend, NSW
JPA&D were engaged by Fire and Rescue NSW through NSW Public Works, Hunter Region, to undertake the design and documentation of a new Fire Station at Wallsend near Newcastle.
The Wallsend Fire Station was designed to initially be utilised by retained fire fighters and permanent staff. However future expansion for a fully permanently staffed station also needed to be considered.
The site was challenging as it sloped away from the road and was affected by mine subsidence. Major work was undertaken to remediate the site and provide a level and stable earth platform for the construction of the building.
The brief required a new fire station to better meet the needs of firefighters serving the local community on the new site located at Summerland Road, Wallsend. The new facility provides a double engine bay, office and watch room to better meet operational needs. Modern male and female bathrooms and locker areas, fitness room, and accessible toilet facilities were also be provided. Storage for Personal Protection Equipment and Breathing Apparatus were incorporated within the engine bay. A Large Mess and Training room with associated kitchen facilities enhanced the staff facilities.
Water storage tanks, a solar hot water service and photo voltaic cells for electricity generation were also part of the works to offset the environmental foot print of the project.