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Aberystwyth fire station


We were commissioned to create a new community fire station to serve the local community in and around Aberystwyth.

The Brief

The existing Fire Station was originally ear‐marked for development at the turn of the century. In 2009, Lawray Architects were commissioned to carry out feasibility studies to investigate moving the existing site to a new location within the town. Various candidate sites were identified but discounted. In 2012, further feasibility studies were developed to provide cost options to either refurbish or demolish and re-build the station on the existing site. The schemes overall objective was to enhance efficiency while improving the working environment for its inhabitants and create an innovative and modern ‘community’ fire station, offering services to the general public and community groups.

Our Solution

Planning constraints were limited due to the existing use, the only constraint being flood risk analysis at the time due to an exceptionally poor winter whereby the town was subject to major storm surge resulting in major flooding. This act of nature placed strong importance on material selection for the newly designed building and where possible to utilise traditional and robust materials to withstand the tidal and coastal exposure. The method of construction created a balance between speed and robustness. Robustness for the garage and mess facilities and lightweight construction to other areas. The 54 week programme was met through careful contractor selection and a robust set of construction details. The new facility boasts many pioneering qualities, which includes being built to BREEAM Excellent standards. The projects is classed as ‘exemplar’ by Construction Excellence in Wales through waste minimisation and diverted 99.4% from landfill during the demolition and construction phases. The fully inclusive design ensures that the station creates a community hub where members of the public are invited to drop in and discuss relevant fire safety issues.

Lawray Architects are an affable bunch of people, easy to work with yet still very professional. That’s especially useful for clients who aren’t used to the everyday business of design, contractors and tenders. They approach the job and client as you would like to think you would do yourself with anyone working in unfamiliar territory.

Daniel Shaw

Torch Theatre General Manager