Work on the new Theale Community Fire Station, designed by our team, has reached a critical milestone after the highest point in the building’s roof was installed.
The facility, which has been under construction since January 2020, has now had its last beam secured into place on the roof, bringing the building one step closer to completion.
This point in the construction process is usually celebrated locally with a “topping out” ceremony, but due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions the occasion was instead marked by a tree being placed temporarily on the roof by contractors Knights Brown.
Once complete, Theale Community Fire Station will offer a shared location for Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS), Thames Valley Police (TVP) and South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS). The new station is expected to open in spring 2022.
Steven Lennon, HLM Architects, said: “We are pleased to see construction of this state-of-the-art, modern facility reach this pivotal milestone. Once operational, the station will not only help improve the overall speed of response from emergency services across the region but will be open for use by residents with a flexible, fully accessible public meeting space. We look forward to seeing this station come into service as it will place critical emergency resources at the heart of this community.”
Cllr Angus Ross, Strategic Asset Lead for the Fire Authority, said: “We are delighted with the progress at Theale Community Fire Station so far and this significant milestone brings us another step closer to completion.
“The progress made with the build in 2020 means that the local community, and indeed communities across Berkshire are much closer to benefitting from a modern, fit-for-purpose blue light hub for emergency services to serve the local community from.”
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