Bishop’s Waltham is to get a new state-of-the-art fire station.
It is one of three fire stations in the country that will be rebuilt as part of a £27m investment. A new facility will also set to be created in Cosham.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said most fire stations in the county are more than 50 years old and the demands of the service have changed “significantly” over this time. It said older buildings are becoming more expensive to run and maintain.
In Bishop’s Waltham. the new fire station will be built at the site of the existing one in Lower Lane. It is expected to be the first station to begin construction and this project will specifically aim to improve resilience against flooding.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said the operational crew will move into a temporary fire station in a nearby industrial unit while the new station is under construction.
Meanwhile Cosham, in Portsmouth, will see the permanent relocation of the existing fire station in Wayte Street to a larger site in Northern Road, formerly used by Portsmouth Craft and Manufacturing Industries (PCMI).
Chief Fire Officer for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service Neil Odin said: “Investment in our fire stations is a fantastic opportunity for us. It will not only provide better facilities for our people to work and train, but also build relationships with other public sector partners. It is vital that as a service we are visible and accessible to the public, which is why all new stations will have dedicated facilities to engage with our communities.”
A planning application for the fire station in Bishop’s Waltham is expected to be put forward this month while plans for Redbridge and Cosham are expected to be submitted later this year.