Working in collaboration with Bond Bryan architects and acting as client advisors, design team lead, to West Midlands Fire and rescue we are pleased the team have secured the key milestone of obtaining both listed building and full plans planning permission.
The redevelopment comprises a new-build extension which better accommodates modern welfare facilities for the fire service – sympathetically connected to the existing Grade 2 listed building using a double-height glazed link offering views of the Fire Service in operation.
Birmingham City Council will be providing a new community library at First floor with views into the adjacent appliance bay and pole-drop being retained as a heritage asset with further community/heritage use on the upper floors.
The parish of Aston is one of the largest parishes in the city of Birmingham. It population increased rapidly between the 19th and 20th Century. Around 1891 when the population of Birmingham had began to fall, Aston’s population surpassed Birmingham’s.
As Aston parish began to expand so did the services provided by local authority.
The metropolitan Fire Brigade Act 1865 had let to the rapid growth of fire brigades over the country along with the formation of local fire brigades. Thus the formation of Aston Fire Brigade in 1879 and the building of the now listed purpose build fire station.
When complete the new building will be a positive addition to the local community securing a long term future for a building of significance to the fire service history and the growth of Birmingham.
Construction on site is planned to commence in June 2018 with a completion date targeted for June 2019.