In 2013 The London Fire Brigade received £51.5 million from central government to rebuild nine fire stations: Dagenham, Dockhead, Leytonstone, Mitcham, Old Kent Road, Orpington, Plaistow, Purley and Shadwell. After years of continual hard use the buildings and facilities were in poor condition and no longer met modern requirements. The rebuilding programme was a key part of a commitment to providing a flexible, efficient, and effective fire and rescue service for London fit for the 21st century.
A consortium led by construction group Kier, along with BDP architects were given the contract following a detailed procurement process. Jacksons were specified to supply access gates for eight of the stations undergoing refurbishment.
Work took place in two phases with phase one including Mitcham, Old Kent Road, Orpington and Plaistow fire stations. The second phase took place 12 months later to include Dagenham, Dockhead, Leytonstone, Purley and Shadwell fire stations.
In order to match the new state of the art facilities and to ensure both safety and security, Jacksons fitted automated Sentry® gates at all fire stations. Through discussions with Kier, it was decided that bespoke options were needed for each station due to the gate sizing requirements ranging from 2.6m to 2.8m in height. On top of this, all gates were both single and double leaf in design and were powder coated in RAL 9007 grey, CE marked and fully compliant to the Machine Directive.
As an additional requirement Purley Fire Station benefitted from a self-closing pedestrian gate to control foot traffic as well as a bi-folding speed gate, providing extra site security.
Since the installation in 2013 Jacksons have been committed to maintaining the automated gates in order to ensure the highest possible standards and to comply with health and safety regulations.