Work gets under way on £6.2m fire station at Hicks Gate

Artist's impression of the new fire station at Hicks Gate

Artist’s impression of the new fire station at Hicks Gate

Work on a brand new £6.2m fire station at Hicks Gate on the outskirts of Keynsham is getting under way this week.

The chairman of Avon Fire Authority, Cllr Terry Walker, was due to cut the turf at the site at Durley Hill today to mark the start of the nine-month project.

The new station is part of Avon Fire & Rescue Service’s Investing for the Future programme. Three new stations are being built at Hicks Gate, Temple Back and Filton, as well as a new headquarters, while Kingswood Fire Station reopened last month after a £1.6m refurbishment.  It has merged with Speedwell Fire Station which has closed.

Cllr Walker said: “The regeneration of Keynsham town centre meant we needed to move Keynsham Fire Station. This has provided us with an opportunity to amalgamate the part-time station at Keynsham and Brislington Fire Station, which will both close, into a new whole-time fire station at Hicks Gate.”

The new station is being built by Willmott Dixon.