23.10.2013

New benchmark emergency services facility opens in Charnwood, ACT

The ACT’s new West Belconnen Ambulance and Fire & Rescue station located in the suburb of Charnwood, was officially opened by Minister for Police and Emergency Services Simon Corbell MLA on Friday 18 October 2013. Designed by peckvonhartel, the new state-of-the-art facility is the first station to be designed and built in the ACT since the 1990’s. The ACT has significantly changed since many of the locations and sites of emergency services were originally planned and developed over the past 40 years ago.  Canberra’s population and urban footprint is now very different and will continue to change significantly over the coming decades.  This change to the urban environment poses major challenges for emergency services in terms of saving lives and property.  The new station is the first in Phase 1 of a four phased capital works program in the implementation of the ESA Station Upgrade and Relocation Strategy and Implementation Plan (the Strategy) to enhance emergency service response and coverage across the ACT. The new station marks a key first step in the ACT Government’s commitment to implementing the Strategy and improving emergency service response and coverage across the Territory.

peckvonhartel provided full architectural and interior design services for the new $12million co-located Ambulance and Fire & Rescue station. The sustainable, environmentally friendly station was constructed on time and under budget and is already being regarded not only as the new benchmark facility for the ACT Emergency Services Agency, but also nationally.

To read more about this unique and state of the art facility, please click here.

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