Napper Architects see Construction start on the First Quad-station in the UK

04 February 2016

Napper Architects see Construction start on the First Quad-station in the UK

Work commenced this week on the ground breaking £3.7m "Quad Station" at Barnard Castle, designed by Napper Architects and to be constructed by Robertson Construction.

The first of its kind in the UK, the station combines four Emergency Services - Fire, Ambulance, Police, and Mountain Rescue - in one large collaboration project enhancing the partnerships and relationships between the Services.

The project will provide modern facilities in the heart of a rural community, replacing four existing 50-year old buildings and delivering revenue efficiencies through a reduction in lifecycle, maintenance and utility costs.

Set on the existing site of the old fire station the setting is sensitive with the Bowes Museum as neighbour and a mature line of trees along one boundary. The design of the project responds to the vernacular style in the area whilst giving it a contemporary twist. Materials such as zinc and timber cladding are used alongside more traditional materials such as brick to give a variety of forms whilst still providing an essentially practical building. The glazed open ended gable element provides a distinctive, welcoming public entrance, the linear form of this main element reinforcing the strong linearity of the listed wall to the Bowes site and the line of existing trees.

Alan Rees, Director of Napper Architects said: "Napper Architects are delighted to see Barnard Castle Quad Station commence on site, the result of a close working relationship between CDDFRS and the design team. On completion the project will co-locate staff from the Fire Service, the Police, the Ambulance Service and the Search and Mountain Rescue Team into new shared facilities, the first "Quad-Service" station in the country, providing the opportunity for greater collaboration between the emergency services as a means of supporting local communities."

Ron Hogg, Durham Police and Crime Commissioner said: "Not only will this innovative project continue to improve services to the local community, it will also bring financial savings to the partners involved".

Stuart Errington, CDDFRS Chief Fire Officer said: "This is a very exciting opportunity for all of the emergency services in the area. It recognises and cements the excellent partnership work that we have been carrying out over many years and brings significant capital investment into the Teesdale area.”