Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Training Facility
SWH Build undertook works for Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue to provide a new Breathing Apparatus Training Facility to store training equipment and three fire tenders. The facility was built on vacant land adjacent to Devon & Somerset’s Fire & Rescue Centre, which is airside at Exeter Airport.
Our works included the new build of a steel framed and clad building, fitted with a fire sprinkler system, a water unit and charging sockets for equipment.
As the works took place on a live airport site, the SWH Build team had to follow extensive security procedures. This included permit access control and the Site Manager’s supervision of all deliveries to the site and vehicle movements. The Site Manager worked in close liaison with Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue and the airport site security team to ensure that site movements were co-ordinated and scheduled appropriately.
All of our build staff are trained in asbestos awareness, and before works commenced it was discovered by the Site Manager that asbestos was present on the site. A full asbestos survey was then carried out. We then employed an approved asbestos removal company, along with a licenced groundworker to excavate down to levels determined by the building foundations and drainage and service runs to remove all of the contamination. Other areas were encapsulated and an asbestos register handed to the client on completion.
The discovery of asbestos delayed the project by four weeks as no other works could be carried out until it was safe to do so. Despite these delays to the programme, the works were still successfully completed two weeks ahead of schedule.
This was Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue's first project with SWH Build and we were very pleased with the completed project. A good professional relationship with end users and the design team was quickly established by the SWH Build team. We look forward to working with SWH Build again soon.
Richard Pitman, Building Surveyor, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue