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St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, has signed a development agreement to construct a new 20,000 sq ft facility in Worcester, on behalf of Hereford & Worcester Fire Authority.

Once complete, the facility will enable the relocation of the fire service from its existing base at Copenhagen Street in the city centre to new purpose built premises at Great Western Business Park, just off Tolladine Road.

The development will deliver a modern, low carbon facility that utilizes micro CHP and photovoltaic power generation. It will provide a high quality training facility, as well as space for The Young Firefighters Association, to encourage the next generation of firefighters.
The new station will be the first building constructed on phase 2 at Great Western Business Park. The Fire Service will purchase 1.2 acres of land and St. Modwen will then construct the new base, following receipt of planning permission.  

Jonathan Green, development surveyor at St. Modwen, said: “We’re really pleased to have signed a deal to provide Hereford & Worcester Fire Authority with a new facility. Great Western Business Park is secure, centrally located and provides great opportunities for the organisation to expand and continue to deliver its high quality service.

“By delivering phase 2 of Great Western Business Park we are responding to local appetite that exists for new accommodation in Worcester. We look forward to welcoming more businesses to the site.

Mark Yates, chief fire officer at Hereford & Worcester Fire Service added: “We are really pleased to be moving forward with plans for the delivery of a new facility for the Hereford & Worcester Fire Service. 

“The new facility will have five appliance bays, offices, lecture facilities and will incorporate a training yard and training building. It will provide a cost effective, safe and fit for purpose location for our crew, in a central location. Following receipt of planning, construction work is expected to take around 12 months to complete and following this we are very much looking forward to moving into our new premises.

The first phase of Great Western Business Park is fully occupied, having benefitted from its location, just three miles from Junction 6 and 7 of the M5 and only a five minute walk from Shrub Hill train station and the city centre. High profile tenants in the first phase include Euro Car Parts, Nemesis GB and Storage King.