Case Study - Pontefract Fire Station, West Yorkshire, UK

Project data

  • Customer
  • West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Value
  • £2m
  • Area
  • 12,400 sq ft
  • Procurement route
  • Single stage
  • Form of contract
  • JCT 2005 Standard Building Contract without Quantities Rev 2 2009
  • Programme duration
  • 44 weeks
  • Completion date
  • January 2012
  • Project Manager
  • Bradshaw Gass & Hope
  • Architect
  • Bradshaw Gass & Hope
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Bradshaw Gass & Hope
  • Structural Engineer
  • Bradshaw Gass & Hope
  • M&E Engineer
  • Bradshaw Gass & Hope


ISG designed and built a new two-storey steel framed fire station in Pontefract to house two modern fire appliances behind roller shutter doors. External works included drainage, along with highway improvements to enhance accessibility. It was decided to make this the first ‘Blue Light’ complex in the county, with West Yorkshire Police and Yorkshire Ambulance Service now also sharing the facilities.

Pontefract Fire Station Construction Exterior - ISG
Pontefract Fire Station Construction W Yorkshire - ISG

The project

ISG provided effective solutions on the contractor design elements, which included the steelwork connections, stairs and beam, and block floors. We also sourced more cost effective products, including the industrial doors, balustrades and steel doors. The customer had previously used floor tiles in their engine bays, but ISG managed to find a more suitable epoxy floor covering during a pre-start.

“We found the site team on this project to be particularly helpful and amenable throughout the project with a committed and proactive approach to problem solving.”

Steven Thomas, Associate, Bradshaw Gass and Hope LLP

The new two-storey emergency services building featured a steel frame construction with a metal deck, in-situ concrete upper floors, precast concrete stairs plus stainless steel and glass balustrades. The ground floor included an engine bay and a platform passenger lift.

The build featured a standing seam roof with photovoltaic panels, plus slide over sectional vehicle doors and a brise-soleil. Administrative offices, meeting rooms, bathrooms and a kitchen area were created, along with a gym, recreational area and en suite accommodation.

Externally, ISG constructed a reinforced concrete turnout apron and training yard, and installed a training tower on site for simulated rescue exercises.  Car parking areas were created, and we carried out soft landscaping. Shelters, outbuildings and a traffic light system for the station were also built.

Pontefract Fire Station Construction West Yorkshire - ISG