There were celebrations at Lynn’s second fire station yesterday to mark a significant milestone in the development project.
A special ‘topping out’ ceremony was held at the new £1.5 million South Lynn fire station in Horsley’s Fields as the main structure of the building is now complete, with just part of the roof left to finish.
The building work is running ahead of schedule, and crews are hopeful the station will be handed over in the first week of October – ready to become operational at the beginning of November.
The Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service station will help firefighters meet demand in the town with increasing residential and industrial development.
It will be manned by a crew of five to seven firefighters, with resources being moved from the town’s existing station in Kilhams Way, North Lynn.
North Lynn station manager Bob Ayers, who will also be station manager of South Lynn, said he was looking forward to the station getting up and running.
He said: “It will provide better cover for the town and service area and enable us to meet our attendance times.
“It’s great that it’s near the main road. Unfortunately there is a lot of traffic in Lynn and it can take time to get across town from North Lynn, but from South Lynn we will be able to get out on to the main roads much quicker, which is a big bonus.”
Darren Reeve, a director from Gill Building, the main contractor on the project, said the building work had progressed really well and would be complete within their target of 38 weeks.
“We’re really pleased with how everything has gone,” he said. “It’s been great to work with the NPS Group (architects) and the Fire Service on bringing this facility to the community.”
Fellow director Nick Gale added: “It’s been a really interesting project as it’s the first fire station we’ve worked on.”
At the topping out ceremony, firefighters joined construction workers from Gill Building to pour a bottle of ale over the roof top to toast the highest point of the build having been reached.
The ceremonial ale was specially brewed for the occasion by Heacham business Fox Brewery.
The current North Lynn station has four watches with 12 officers on each shift. Once the new station is operational, the watches will be split between the two sites.
The South Lynn station will also be home to the town’s water rescue unit.