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Fire Station at Ballyvolane

This Fire Station replaces the existing station in Watercourse Road. The principal disadvantage of the old site was that any response to calls other than City Centre calls is uphill which affected turnout times and wear of appliances. The principal operational requirement of the Chief Fire Officer was for a functional building on the ring road network and in proximity to the existing fire station. The new location is on the North Ring Road which was developed as part of the Cork L.U.T.S. Plan and gives good access to the Northern Suburbs, the Jack Lynch Tunnel, Little Island and also the Limerick Road to Mallow.

The building is influenced by American small town Fire Stations attempting to have the presence of an important small public building and making the firemen and the public proud of that presence. The station will accommodate a crew of 14, both male and female, and is designed to cater for the needs of an emergency fire service operating 24 hours a day each day of the year. It comprises a two storey administration/accommodation block with a single storey appliance room with single storey ancillary accommodation attached to the appliance room. It has a floor area of 600 sq. metres and accommodates an appliance room, master bay, locker room, multi-gym, dormitories, kitchen and dining facilities. A drill tower is integrated into the structure and diagonally opposite are three flag poles. The roof of the administrative/accommodation block extends over the appliance room to unify the whole building