Lincolnshire County Council had a bold vision to consolidate its Blue Light services into one hub. The vision was to bring together Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, Lincolnshire Police and East Midlands Ambulance Service into one joint emergency campus. The result is the Blue Light Services Hub, a project that spans more than 30,000 square-feet on the A15, one of the main routes in and out of the south segment of the city of Lincoln. The first tri-service facility of its kind in the UK, the Blue Light Hub aims to create an environment that generates better efficiencies by enabling emergency teams to work together in one location, rather than in a network of smaller, satellite offices across a wide area.
The design features a 22-cell custody suite, complete with office and ancillary space for Police, Fire and Rescue and Ambulance services. An appliance bay is also included for vehicles, as well as external training areas. The scheme provides new facilities for the three primary emergency services to replace the existing outdated and inefficient buildings. Some facilities were re-housed from the existing police DHQ in the center of Lincoln, including custody facilities. The proximity of integrated technology will make the best use of the technological advancements that are so important to life-saving efficiency.
This integrated hub also has a significantly positive impact on the surrounding community by providing more jobs, apprenticeships and local suppliers. The new development is intended to set a precedent as an exemplar facility for tri-service collaboration between the Police, Fire & Rescue and Ambulance services in collaboration with Lincolnshire County Council.
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- Lincoln Chambers – Development Project of the Year over £5m, Government Property Awards 2020
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