Client: Fire & Rescue NSW
Location: Ballina, NSW
JPA&D were engaged by Fire and Rescue NSW, through NSW Public Works, Hunter Region, to design and document the new Ballina Fire Station and Northern Rivers Zone office on a 4,659 sqm site in Ballina, NSW. The design provided for the relocation of the existing Ballina station firefighters, equipment and Zone Office staff to the new building which considered the needs for future expansion in the design.
The Fire Station provided for a double appliance (fire engine) bay, training and meal facilities, a control centre, office accommodation, a fitness room, amenities and storage for personal protection and other equipment. In the Zone Office flexible spaces for conferences and training opened out onto a screened courtyard. A large kitchen and staff amenities served both the conference component and the pen plan and cellular office spaces for staff.
The buildings for the two separate operations are linked with a covered breezeway which provides recreational space for those working in the buildings and is designed to enable co-mingling between the two groups.
Fundamental to the project was enabling improved response times, improved incident management, improved workplace health and safety for firefighters and creating functional space to meet the needs of the diverse staff and equipment of a modern fire service.