Business South May 2021

16 | Cook Bros Chch New stations deliver a safety boost Kim Newth DEVELOPMENT C ook Brothers Construction’s Canterbury team is proud of its ongoing role in the redevelopment of Christchurch’s fire stations’ network following the 2011 earth- quakes. Last year the company completed two new fire stations: Anzac Fire Station (Canterbury’s first composite station bringing together vol- unteer and career firefighters) and Redwood Fire Station, serving Redwood and Casebrook and built to replace the quake-damaged St Albans Station. More recent projects are two more fit-for- purpose fire stations: the just completed Ilam Fire Station and Spencerville which will be finished soon. Both the Ilam and Spencerville fire stations embody Fire and Emergency’s commitment to having the right resources in the right place to keep people safe. These two new stations are both very exciting developments for the city and the communities they will serve. The Ilam Fire Station, which is sited along- side the University of Canterbury, also has a new Fire Engineering Educational Training Facility on the same site. It has been designed to become an invaluable resource for Univer- sity of Canterbury students and engineering staff, enabling Fire and Emergency to share resources and expertise with the university. “They are two separate buildings, with the training facility accessed separately off Engineering Road through the university cam- pus,” says Tony Morley, who is Cook Brothers Construction Project Manager. “But there is connecting access between them.” The new two-bay fire station has state-of- the-art facilities to support a rapid fire and emergency response. Station facilities include a turnout/callout system, washdown and decontamination areas, live-in facilities for firefighters working shifts, and a tearoom, along with maintenance and storage spaces. Good progress is also being made on the new Spencerville Fire Station, which will in- corporate the existing Brooklands Fire Station and Bottle Lake Rural Fire Station, with the roof now in place and cladding underway. “This is a smaller two-bay station with a separate resource garage for volunteer firefighers, equipped in much the same way as the Ilam Fire Station but without the live-in facilities.” Cook Brothers Construction’s Canter- bury team is committed to delivering these purpose-built stations to a high standard, in recognition of the hugely important role they will play in their communities. “Our focus is on quality and attention to detail and making sure that the construction process is well-coordinated and managed as smoothly as possible. “We’re delighted to be delivering these two new fire stations and, having built a couple of others already, we have that depth of experience that means we really understand the needs of the client and what they want,” says Tony. The Christchurch fire station redevel- opment programme is continuing, with a new central city fire station now also under construction. Cook Brothers Construction is a fast growing national commercial construction company. It has regional branches in Auckland, Can- terbury, Otago and one servicing the Southern Lakes district. “Our focus is on quality and attention to detail and making sure that the construction process is well- coordinated and managed as smoothly as possible.” Proud to Support Cook Brothers Construction