Royal opening by HRH Princess Alexandra

Posted on May 30th, 2019

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Lancaster Community Fire and Ambulance Station was officially opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra on Wednesday 29th May 2019.

After meeting fire and ambulance crews along with the project delivery team members from John Turner Construction, the Princess unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the official opening.

The phased project involved the refurbishment of adjoining former council offices to provide recreation, sleeping, dining and administration spaces followed by the demolition of existing adjacent redundant 1970s buildings. The next new build phase was the construction of the fire and ambulance station reflecting the historic city and incorporated fire appliance space along with a glazed link connecting the new and old structures. Other new facilities included seven canopied ambulance parking bays, a watch tower, car park and perimeter stone wall.

Princess Alexandra toured the station and met further Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service members along with guests attending the opening including the Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Shuttleworth; the High Sheriff of Lancashire, The Hon Ralph Assheton TD DL; the Mayor of Lancaster, Councillor David Whitaker and the Chair of Lancashire Combined Fire Authority, Councillor Frank DeMolfetta.

Group Manager Mark Hutton, Community Protection Manager for North Lancashire at Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, said: ‘we are deeply honoured that HRH Princess Alexandra has officially opened Lancaster’s new Community Fire and Ambulance Station. The new station is the culmination of four years’ hard work and sees fire and ambulance staff jointly accommodated in state-of-the-art facilities on the same site. We’re really pleased that the new facility now includes a fully accessible community room, something the old station just couldn’t accommodate, which allows the Service to run The Prince’s Trust in Lancaster.’

Acting Cumbria and Lancashire Head of Service for NWAS, Ian Walmsley, said:  ‘it was fantastic to welcome so many guests to our Community Fire and Ambulance Station and we are honoured that HRH Princess Alexandra officially opened the new facility. Our previous station has served us well over the years but was no longer fit for purpose. The new modern building gives us additional space and comfort and although we already work very closely with our fire and rescue colleagues in Lancaster, this move will only strengthen our relationship with them.’

The joint emergency services facility received a Lancaster & District Design Award recognising the design and appearance of the building which enhances the built environment.