The scheme, described as the first of its kind in the UK, will see the relocation of Toxteth Fire Station and the construction of new facilities including kitchen, meeting rooms, dance studio, fitness gym, combat sports room, table tennis studio, climbing wall, sports hall, and craft room.
Known as Toxteth Fire Fit, the facility will be located on Upper Hill Street on the site of the existing Toxteth Sports Centre, which will be demolished to make way for the new building.
Demolition of Toxteth Sports Centre starts this month and the project is expected to be completed in summer 2012.
The project is being funded by a £2.3m grant from the lottery’s MyPlace scheme, a £2m investment from Merseyside Fire and Rescue and £500,000 from Liverpool City Council. The building has been designed by Liverpool-based Cass Associates.
Wates was awarded the contract by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service through the North West Construction Hub procurement framework. The project is the third to be awarded to Wates through the North West Construction Hub since it was appointed to both the medium and high value hub frameworks in 2010.