HOP were initially engaged on the East Sussex iESE framework and worked alongside the Architect and M+E consultant at the concept stage and later, to produce tender stage information. We were then appointed directly by the Design and Build Contractor Morgan Sindall, to produce construction stage information and to offer site assistance during construction.
The new fire station was 3-storey with double height internal space for three fire appliances. The structure was a braced steel frame supported on shallow pads with long span cellular beams to create the appliance space underneath. The building also incorporated office space for both Sussex Police and Lewes District Council. The Civils design included a new yard slab, gabion retaining structures and a complex drainage strategy, accommodating both high water discharge and foam practice drills.
The tightly confined site next to the busy A259 did highlight some specific challenges. The site was tiered with existing retaining structures on the boundary, making the initial excavation and installation of gabions difficult. Below ground obstructions were also encountered.