Crowthorne Community Fire Station by HLM Architects Emergency Services Team

Crowthorne Community Fire Station has officially reopened following an expansive redevelopment.

The new station, which opened on 5 May, will serve as a shared location for Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS), Thames Valley Police and South-Central Ambulance Service.

It will be RBFRS second tri-service (on-call) community fire station, HLM working in partnership with RBFRS, having also previously designed Hungerford Community Fire Station in 2017.

The scheme is part of Royal Berkshire Fire Authority’s Capital Investment programme and aims to provide a recognisable property brand across the service area. The new station will both act as a base for all three blue light services and provide much-needed, community-accessible facilities in the heart of the village.

The design team, led by our Head of Emergency Services Steven Lennon, led all design aspects of the new station, including the interiors and new landscaping.

The new facility is fit for purpose to support the role of the modern firefighter, incorporating operational requirements and processes into the building. Key features include a two-vehicle appliance bay to support emergency response, and a compact gym to sustain fitness standards for firefighters.

“We are always delighted to work with RBFRS to develop leading fire stations in keeping with contemporary development in the emergency services sector. As well as being lead designers, we are also creating the interiors and landscaping for the project. Crowthorne Community Fire Station will become a strong focal point for all, focussing on the technology requirements and response times for firefighters, and also considering the needs of the local community.” Steven Lennon.