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20 December 2010, 12:07
Work to knock down and re-build Parkside Fire Station in Cambridge will begin in summer next year.
The picture on the right shows an artists impression of what the finished building is expected to look like.
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service has just signed an agreement with the construction company that will do the work, Grosvenor.
The old fire station will be knocked down and re-built with 99 apartments on top.
They will be a mixture of one, two and three bedroom apartments and 39 of them will be classed as "affordable".
When the redevelopment is taking place, firefighters will be based on a temporary site, owned by the Territorial Army, on Coldhams Lane in Cambridge.
Graham Stagg, Chief Fire Officer at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "We are delighted that the re-development of Parkside Fire Station will begin so soon.
The current fire station is no longer fit for purpose and costs us a significant amount of money in maintenance costs.
Without the involvement of developers, it would have been impossible for the Fire Service to bring this aging station up to modern day standard.
By entering into an agreement with Grosvenor we will be able to deliver a state-of-the-art community fire station that local groups and organisations can also utilise for many years to come."
Ed Skeates, Director, Grosvenor Developments said: "This is a really exciting project, and a great way to get 2011 off to a good start.
Grosvenor is proud to be working on such a high quality scheme in this fantastic location, and Parkside Place, reinforces Grosvenor's commitment to Cambridge.
The fire service is a very important public service and we look forward to having their new home and these very attractive new apartments ready in 2013."