Works start ahead of new Hexham fire station
Preliminary works to prepare for a brand new community fire station for Hexham are underway.
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has started works at Hexham General Hospital ahead of the new development at the rear of the site.
The new fire station project involves altering and extending existing buildings and the work underway is to transfer the functions currently housed there to elsewhere on the hospital site.
The trust has been working in partnership with Northumberland County Council to relocate the fire station from the current facility on the Tyne Mills Industrial Estate.
The council plan to start construction of the fire station in May.
Steven Bannister, director of estates and facilities at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “These works are an important first part of work to build a fire station for the community.
“Before the fire station can be built, we need to transfer the functions currently housed in the building to elsewhere on the site.
“While people will notice the work taking place, it will not have an impact on the delivery of hospital services.
“We’re pleased to see the start of work on site in what is yet another example of us and the council working together on projects to benefit local residents.”
For more 10 years, the trust has been working in close partnership with the council to develop joined up ways of working to ensure seamless health and social care for people in the county.
Councillor Dave Ledger, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council with responsibility for the fire and rescue service, said: “Being based at this new site will not only allow us to work more closely with another key public service provider, it will improve the facilities we can offer for community use and offer greater value for money for the Northumberland taxpayer.
“It’s good that initial work is now underway.”