Costs rise in Cheshire Fire training centre
Cheshire Fire Authority has approved plans for a state-of-the-art training centre in Winsford.
Costs have increased from an expected £9 million to £10.7 million due to inflation and issues with groundwork and drainage.
Andrew Leadbetter, director of governance and commissioning, said in a report issued to the fire authority: “Since December officers and advisers have worked with [builders] ISG to complete the stage one work and this has been taken as far as possible. The work has identified some challenges which have required a significant amount of extra effort to get to this point.”
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service has already reduced the site’s planned extension from two storeys to just one in a bid to keep costs down.
Mr Leadbetter added that options to either reduce the training centre’s design or renovate the old one had been considered as an alternative, but ‘officers did not believe that would deliver the vision and meet the stated training need’.
Fire authority members have now agreed to continue with plans for the new training centre despite the higher cost.
Cllr Eleanor Johnson, Conservative member on Cheshire Fire Authority, said: “Our firefighters deserve the best training facilities that we can provide them.”