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Design for places of incarceration is very challenging. Resolving conflicting needs of safety and security while providing an environment that seeks to positively contribute to rehabilitation and personal growth demands knowledge, experience, and sensitivity. Inspiring residents to learn and develop is our ultimate goal.
Design of blue light facilities similarly requires deep operational understanding allied to a thoughtful design approach to help deliver emergency services provision where staff can perform to the very highest standards.
NIFRS Service Support Centre
The facility modernised and changed existing functions and processes to meet the changing nature of a modern fire service. The building delivers a fundamental change to the workshop process from separate streams of work and service time for vehicles & equipment to a single process where all equipment would be tested at the same time as the vehicle. The workshops tests and repairs all equipment & vehicles including MOT & PSV and the Logistic Centre receives, tests, certifies & distributes all consumable products for the whole of the province. The facility also includes specialist decontamination equipment for Breathing Apparatus units, silver command suit and regional back-up control room.
Omagh Community Fire Station & District Head Quarters
This new facility accommodates six specialist appliances, with four watch day crew plus teams and a retained team. The station has regional specialism in RTC team and is one of two centres in the province with specialist animal rescue teams. The accommodation also includes a multi agency silver command suite, district training facility, covering working at height, BA, smoke, RTC, USAR & Animal Rescue and a district transport workshop & BA recharge workshop. The station has a community suite for local use and community engagement and issue of gender & accessibility were at the fore for this award-winning design.