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Hirwaun Fire Station

The Building

Hirwaun Fire Station is an operating fire station located in the RCT area of South Wales. The fire station was constructed in the grounds of the former service yard to replace the out-dated fire station that had served the community for many years. The new fire station made use of recycled materials, slate waste and other high performance environmentally efficient services. One of the key objectives for Eos Architects, the architect for the project, was to ensure that the new fire station blended in seamlessly with its surroundings, including residential houses, industrial units and mountains. Of course, the most important aspect of the building would be how environmentally friendly it was. As such, the steel building made use of salvaged welsh slate, timber cladding and two green roofs, covered with ‘Sedum species’ to absorb atmospheric pollution and reduce the heating bills.

The Goal

To create an environmentally friendly, state-of-the-art fire station that blends in with the local surroundings.

The Results

BREEAM Excellent Status

Award for Best Light Industrial Building (Farming and Agricultural Buildings (FAB) 2015)

Most Functional Building (Farming and Agricultural Buildings (FAB) 2015)

Best Commercial Building at the 2015 LABC Regional Building Excellence awards.

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The Environmental Features

  • Two green ‘Sedum species’ roofs
  • Integrated training tower
  • Timber cladding
  • Salvaged Welsh slate
  • BREEAM Excellent status
  • Includes planting to provide improved habitat for wildlife

The Benefits

The sympathetic design blends in with the diverse surroundings.

The state-of-the-art design has added though for local wildlife with bat boxes and a sparrow terrace.

The £1m cost of the project will be paid back within 15 years of construction.

Photos courtesy of Eos Architects

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