Images revealed of city’s proposed new fire stations

ARTISTS’ impressions showing how Sheffield’s two new fire stations will look were unveiled for the first time yesterday.

Artists' impressions of new fire stations in Sheffield

Full planning applications for the proposed fire stations, to be built in Birley and Handsworth, are set to be submitted to Sheffield Council next month.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said yesterday that eco-friendly features were at the heart of the development plans.

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They said: “The Birley Moor fire station, at the junction of Moor Valley and Birley Lane, will use an angled green roof to provide natural insulation, promote biodiversity and maximise its physical appearance.

“A natural stone wall will also help the low rise structure to blend into its natural setting.”

They added: “The second fire station will see a former industrial waste site reclaimed close to Bowden Wood roundabout, off Sheffield Parkway. The station will include a training room, pole drop, gym and mess room and will be sympathetically rendered, nestled below the roadway and almost invisible to passing motorists. Other environmental features being considered for both sites include rainwater harvesting, air source heat pumps and solar panels.”

It is proposed that both fire stations – which are being built as part of a raft of measures to cope with budget cuts – should open in 2015.

This comes after, last year, members of the South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority voted to close stations in Darnall, Mansfield Road and Mosborough in Sheffield, and Royston near Barnsley, to save around £10m.

The plan is that the new fire station at Handsworth, close to Sheffield Parkway, will replace those stations in Darnall and Mansfield Road, while the new station in Birley will improve cover in south-east Sheffield and replace the part-time fire station at Mosborough.

People living close to the two proposed sites are being consulted on the proposals. Online feedback forms are now available online at www.syfire.gov.uk.