Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Architect John revisits South Woodham Ferrers

South Woodham Ferrers firefighters welcomed a very special guest to their station recently: the man who was behind designing it!

John Breavington, who was the original architect when the station was built, had asked workers at the care home he now lives at to arrange a visit.

Joined by his friends, he was delighted to meet some of the firefighters and be given a guided tour of the station – remembering many of the features which he had helped to implement, including the Breathing Apparatus tunnel.

Fondly sharing stories including the day the Queen visited the town in 1981, John began to explain how he had also been the architect behind several other local buildings in the town: including a local church and two primary schools.

Inspired to help John see more of his work, B Watch Manager David Taylor (pictured above, left) kindly took him to visit the other buildings.

David said: “It was a privilege to meet John and extremely pleasing to see the amount of enjoyment he got from the visit.

“We had tea and talked about the other buildings he designed – and it was clear that John absolutely loved the opportunity to go and see them, too.”

Before leaving the station, John even got to sign the site’s official visitors book: 38 years on from when it began!

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