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    HLM’s Emergency Services Design Expertise Brought to Life as Ground Broken at Crowthorne Community Fire Station

    HLM, a leading design and architecture practice
    with studios in Belfast, has embarked upon a new project with Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service

    Group shot in front of Crowthorne fires station, , Crowthorne, 9th May 2019

    An impressive ground breaking ceremony at Crowthorne Community Fire Station has started the redevelopment of the
    current fire station facilities to create the second tri-service station in
    Berkshire. Directed by HLM’s Head of Emergency Service, Steven Lennon, the HLM
    design team is leading the complete design project for the rebuild, including
    interior and landscape design.

    The project is part of Royal Berkshire Fire Authority’s Capital Investment
    programme. A vital focus of the new
    design is to provide a recognisable property brand across the Service
    area.  The new station will provide a
    base for all three blue light services, as well as, much needed community
    accessible facilities in the heart of the village.

    The most important outcome for the design is
    having a fit for purpose facility that support the role of a modern
    firefighter, as well as the local community that they serve. The design of the
    new station ensures that operational requirements and processes have been incorporated
    into the building around them. This has been achieved through the inclusion of a
    two-vehicle appliance bay, which will support emergency response. There is also
    a compact gym that demonstrates the understanding and importance of fitness
    standards for firefighters.

    To create a building for
    all, HLM has designed a community room within the new station, to be used by
    local community groups. In recognition of the importance of local community
    involvement, members of the public were invited to the ground breaking ceremony
    to learn more about the project.

    Steven Lennon, Head of Emergency Services, HLM, said,
    “We are always delighted to work with RBFRS to develop leading fire stations in
    keeping with contemporary development in the emergency services sector. As well
    as being lead designers, we are also creating the interiors and landscaping for
    the project. Crowthorne Community Fire
    Station will become a strong focal point for all, focusing on the technology
    requirements and response times for firefighters, and also considering the
    needs of the local community.  

    Alex Brown, Head of
    Property Capital Projects & Estates at Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue
    Service said, “HLM have clearly demonstrated their expertise within the
    emergency services sector and more specifically in fire station design.  We have enjoyed working closely with the team
    to develop the design and requirements of Crowthorne Community Fire Station and
    we look forward to opening the new building.”

    is HLM’s second Tri-Service (on-call) Community Fire Station, working in
    partnership with RBFRS, having previously designed Hungerford Community Fire
    Station in 2017.

    HLM offers expertise across
    five disciplines including Architecture, Interior Design,
    Landscape Architecture, Environmental and Masterplanning. It has studios in Belfast, London,
    Sheffield, Glasgow, Cardiff and Manchester, as well as Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

    For more information on HLM visit www.hlmarchitects.com and follow @HLMArchitects on Twitter.