Pick Everard has provided design services for the new Rochester Training Centre, a purpose built facility comprising a three tandem bay whole time fire station, full firefighters training facility and a Road Safety Awareness Centre.

The Brief 

The project provided a new six bay response facility, associated office, fire training facilities, a Driver Training Centre and a Road Safety Education Centre for Kent Fire and Rescue Service. The Road Safety Centre is the first of this type to be developed by the authority, building on their successful ‘License to Kill’ road safety scheme. It has a 100 seat lecture theatre and a 20 person classroom. The Driver Training Centre has utilised part of the road safety provisions, having a vehicle manouvering area, and ‘theatre’ style RTC work area.

Our Response 

This exciting initiative facility will enable schools and colleges to bring groups of young people to the centre and participate in supervised education visits. The new road safety training facilities are aimed at educating visitors to reduce youth traffic accidents and road fatalities via innovative and interactive style exhibits, courses and demonstration, providing essential road safety skills for young people across the country.

Key Facts 

  • Highly commended in the LABC Awards – South East.
  • To design an innovative and ground breaking facility targeted to increase road safety and reduce road injury and fatality levels by 33%.
  • Classrooms and eating area are required to be multi-functional to maximize space usage, our space designers have provided multi-use seating with flexible acoustic barriers to reduce the floor area by 150m2.
  • Following on from previous work with Pick Everard, the extent of collaborative working on a regular basis via either a live data or video link has increased which has the benefit of reducing the project carbon emissions as the teams need to travel during the design stage has been reduced by 50%.
  • Design time reduced through familiarity in respect to project requirements.
  • Reduced design fees and enhanced product quality through collaborative work on multiple projects.

Project Information

Client: Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Service

Value: £6 million