There’s been no shortage of good news concerning proposed investment and improvements into the state of Furness General Hospital recently. The multi million pound state of the art Maternity ward is fantastic.
Following on from this wonderful announcement, the green light has also been given for new Blue Light Hub to be built on land just off the A590 (opposite Daltongate) in Ulverston.
The impressive looking building will house both the Fire Service and North West Ambulance Service. The Blue Light Hub will provide 3 bays for 2 fire appliances and an ambulance, as well as a canopy area for additional vehicles for North West Ambulance service including their rapid response vehicles.
The Hub will replace both the existing Fire Station at The Ellers and Ulverston’s Ambulance Station located on Victoria Road.
One major advantage of this new facility is that it can house Firefighters in a new accommodation block. This will provide lodgings for operational fire-service crews who will undertake standby duties during the evenings and nights.
Cumbria Police will be allocated space within the hub, giving them extra facilities, and there will also be meeting rooms available for the community too.
Plans were approved for the work to begin on the combined emergency service base after a meeting between Town Councillors, Cumbria County Council, The Civic Society and architects from Aecom.
Last year plans were submitted, but were met with strong criticism about the appearance of the building – with it being labelled ‘ugly beyond belief'and not in keeping with the area. The new proposed design is far better and has been met with approval.
With the current Fire Station being small and constrained and near the end of its serviceable life, the Blue Light Hub is just what the town needs.