Emergency Services - HERO_Pontefract Fire Station

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

Rescue Service
  • Customer
    West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service
  • Procurement Route
    Single stage
  • Completion Date
  • Quantity Surveyor
    Bradshaw Gass & Hope
  • Value
  • Form Of Contract
    JCT 2005 Standard Building Contract without Quantities Rev 2 2009
  • Project Manager
    Bradshaw Gass & Hope
  • Structural Engineer
    Bradshaw Gass & Hope
  • Area
    12,400 sq ft
  • Program Duration
    44 weeks
  • Architect
    Bradshaw Gass & Hope
  • ME Engineer
    Bradshaw Gass & Hope
Pontefract Fire Station


The customer required the construction of a new two-storey steel framed fire station in Pontefract to house two modern fire appliances behind roller shutter doors. External works included drainage plus highway improvements to enhance accessibility. It was later 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

The Project

The new two-storey building was 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 featured an engine bay and a platform passenger lift.

The build featured a standing seam roof with photovoltaic panels, plus slideover 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 plus a training tower was installed on the site for simulated rescue exercises. Car parking areas were created plus we carried out soft landscaping. Shelters, outbuildings and a traffic light system for the station were also constructed.

The Added Value

ISG provided effective solutions on the contractor design elements which included the steelwork connections, stairs, and beam and block floors. ISG 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. 

Close liaison was required with the Highways Agency to secure street work licenses and traffic control measures. ISG also worked with local utility companies to facilitate diverting electric and telephone lines across a busy road. To reduce the impact on local residents and to avoid multiple traffic disruptions, ISG allowed the contractor working on the adjacent site to divert a gas pipe across the road at the same time.