April 24, 2014

FHP APPOINTED TO SELL ASHLEY FIRE STATION AS WORKS ON NEW COMMUNITY FIRE STATION ARE UNDERWAY

FHP’s Blue Light Estates Team led, by Jonathan Bishop, are instructed by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service with the disposal of Ashley Fire Station, subject to its proposed relocation to Loggerheads.

The 0.5 acre site is to be sold freehold as the firefighters prepare to relocate to new facilities better suited to the operational and community requirements of the proactive service it is today.

The fire station is situated in the rural village of Ashley which lies approximately 9 miles south-west of Stoke on Trent, 15 miles north-west of Stafford and 7 miles from Junction 15 of the M6 Motorway.

The property comprises a purpose built single storey Fire Station incorporating office accommodation and single appliance bay with roller shutter access to the front and rear.  The building is set within a level rectangular site including yard and training tower and has an asking price of £350,000.

Jonathan Bishop commented:

“We worked closely with our clients in acquiring the relocation site at Loggerheads and are now delighted that we can progress with the sale of the existing station which will soon become surplus to requirements”.

Station Manager Mark Walchester said:

“The existing station at Ashley was built in the 1960’s, it is proving costly to maintain and it no longer meets our requirements in terms of the facilities it offers or the location. This new station in Loggerheads will allow us to improve response times and will provide us with state-of-the-art facilities that will benefit the firefighters, the community and our partner organisations”.

The station is one of 11 Community Fire Stations in Staffordshire being rebuilt as part of a £46 million Private Finance Initiative. A consortium called Blue3 will be responsible for the design, construction and ongoing maintenance of the 11 community fire stations. All stations are expected to be open by 2016.

For further information please contact Jonathan Bishop or Lucinda Hancock at FHP Property Consultants on 0115 950 7577.

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