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Kelvedon Park - work complete creating modern ECFRS Headquarters

A special handover ceremony took place on Friday July 4 marking the completion of a new extension to Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s Kelvedon Park Headquarters.

The £8.5 million development has extended the Service’s Kelvedon Park Headquarters to create a brand new emergency control centre, inter-active training rooms, along with extra administrative and welfare areas.

The ceremony marks the completion of an 18 month building project which sees the Service’s headquarters staff all under the same roof for the first time.

John Wilson, Managing Director of building contractors Farrans, flew in from Ireland to hand-over the keys to the new building to Deputy Chief Fire Officer Adam Eckley and Fire Authority Chairman Cllr Anthony Hedley. The handover was witnessed by ECFRS staff and Essex Fire Authority members.

DCFO Adam Eckley said: “With phase two of the building now complete, our headquarters staff are in one place and we have a modern, first-class facility as a centre of learning and development for the entire ECFRS workforce.

“This facility, delivered for the Fire Authority and representing significant investment in the future of the Service, presents us with exciting opportunities to fulfil our ambitions, not least as a centre of excellence for training but also in providing a ground breaking emergency Control room equipped with the latest technology and finally bringing our Control team out of Hutton into a fresh, modern working environment.

“This fantastic new headquarters will create a fantastic facility for our fantastic people who are doing fantastic things.”

The ribbon was cut by Lauren Doherty, daughter of Head of Property Services Jon Doherty.

Work will now begin on kitting out the new emergency control room in anticipation of Control staff moving from Hutton to Kelvedon Park.

Here are some amazing facts from the build:

  • 5,000 tonnes of materials were excavated to make way for the building.
  • 900m cubed of concrete was used in construction. That’s enough to fill 150 lorries.
  • 60,000 bricks were used. If laid end to end they would stretch for 13.5 kilometres.
  • 2,500 wall boards fitted, enough to cover an entire football pitch.
  • 8,000 carpet tiles laid, enough to carpet eight tennis courts.
  • 6,000 ceiling tiles installed, which could cover half a rugby pitch.
  • 150,000 man hours of work were needed to bring all these elements together to create the building.

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