First pictures show Sheffield’s fire stations of the future

Firestation of the future, Parkway.
Firestation of the future, Parkway.
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These are Sheffield’s fire stations of the future – and they are fire stations like you’ve never seen before.

The artists’ impressions of two new eco-friendly fire stations have been unveiled by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Fire station of the future on the Parkway.

Fire station of the future on the Parkway.

The buildings are earmarked for sites in Birley and Handsworth, and detailed plans are due to go before Sheffield Council planners in August.

Among the environmentally-friendly features being incorporated into the designs are green roofs and solar panels.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is asking those living near the new fire stations in the two suburbs for their opinions on the designs.

A spokesman for the fire service said: “The Birley Moor fire station, at the junction of Moor Valley and Birley Lane, will use an angled green roof to provide natural insulation, promote biodiversity and maximise its physical appearance.

“A natural stone wall will also help the low rise structure to blend into its natural setting.

“The second fire station will see a former industrial waste site reclaimed close to Bowden Wood roundabout off Sheffield Parkway. The station will include a training room, pole drop, gym and mess room and will be sympathetically rendered, nestled below the roadway and almost invisible to passing motorists.”

Environmental features being considered for both sites include rainwater harvesting and air source heat pumps as well as the solar panels.

The fire stations should be operational by 2015.

Online feedback forms can be completed by logging on to South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue to comment on the plans before Monday, July 29.