Thursday, December 3, 2015

News: Kier selected for Rotherham shared station

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Kier Construction has been selected as the main contractor for a project to create a new joint police and fire station in Rotherham.

The project at Maltby won Government Transformation Funding of £560,000 last year and will help save both South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue money by sharing building running costs, enabling funding to be targeted at frontline services.

Maltby fire station will close and Maltby police station will be modified to accommodate fire service vehicles and staff, under the plans approved by Rotherham Council.

The development off Byford Road is expected to improve services by making it easier for police and firefighters to share knowledge, skills and expertise when tackling common issues, like anti-social behaviour and road traffic collisions. In a similar way, it will also help both organisations to reach the most vulnerable members of the community.

SYFR Director of Finance & Resources Beverley Sandy, said:"This move makes perfect sense for us, for the police and for the taxpayer. Instead of having two public buildings, and all the running costs associated with them, we will be able to combine our resources into one facility to provide a more efficient frontline service.

"By working alongside each other under one roof, the move will also benefit both organisations by improving how we work together to solve problems we both face, which can only help to improve the quality of the service we offer to local people."

Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner said: "We are constantly looking for ways in which to work in collaboration with partners and implement efficiency savings. I welcome this move to bring both emergency services together to serve the community of Maltby."

With planning permission approved, the new facility is expected to open in 2016.

This is the latest high profile contract win for Kier in Rotherham with the firm already working on the Urgent Care Centre at Rotherham Hospital and the redevelopment of Oakwood School.

Kier website

Images: SY Fire

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