Practical Completion of Barnard Castle £3.7m Quad Station

01 March 2017

Practical Completion of Barnard Castle £3.7m Quad Station

Practical Completion has been achieved on the ground breaking £3.7m 'Quad Station' at Barnard Castle, designed by Napper Architects and 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 provides 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 have been 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.

"Napper Architects are delighted to see the project complete after a thorough collaboration between all of the Emergency Services." James Gilbert, Director of Napper Architects.

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

"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." Stuart Errington, CDDFRS Chief Fire Officer.