In June 2001, we were selected from a Europe-wide Public Private Partnership competition as the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority’s (LFEPA’s) preferred partner to develop a new fire and emergency planning centre for London’s Canary Wharf. On a prime piece of land already owned by LFEPA, we were able to develop the first privately funded fire station in the UK at zero cost to the public purse through a mix of private residential, social housing and commercial development around the site.
We obtained detailed planning consent, with work commencing on site in September 2003, to build a new state-of-the-art Fire Station together with 178 apartments and a restaurant unit. The Fire Station, which was handed over to the Fire Brigade in August 2005, includes new modern offices equipped with furniture made from recycled materials, part of which is available for community groups to use.
The station, which replaced the old Millwall Fire Station just around the corner, has an extended appliance bay to accommodate the larger vehicles now used by the brigade. Consultation with the fire-fighters led to features such as individual showers and improved personal space, designed to provide them with greater privacy.
The entire station is energy efficient and has been commended by CABE, the Greater London Authority and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets as an exemplary design. The remainder of the development was completed in June 2006.
The 178 private residential and affordable housing units were designed to the highest standard. We asked Bella Freud to design our show apartment as we wanted something a bit different to offer potential buyers than a neutrally decorated show flat. Bella did a fantastic job and we secured coverage in the national media for her retro inspired interiors.
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“Cathedral is a thoughtful and imaginative property development company who have just completed a pioneering Public Private Partnership for the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority. Their focus and energy means that we have a state-of-the-art fire station that we are truly proud of.”
Nadim Moge, Head of Property, LFEPA, March 2006.
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