WORK on building a new Sunderland fire station, which will replace an outdated site just a few miles away, is starting this month.
Marley Park Community Fire Station will replace Fulwell station when completed next summer.
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) has appointed ISG Construction to build the station, which will be on the corner of Old Mill Road and Marley Crescent.
The move has been five years in the planning and follows a consultation with residents in the area.
Assistant chief fire officer Joy Brindle said: “The replacement of Fulwell fire station has been a key part of our plans for a number of years.
“Whilst Fulwell station has served us well over the years, due to its age, condition, location and restrictions on the site, it does not provide the best environment for today’s modern fire service.
“Over the years we have, and will continue to involve the local community in the development of the station.”
Tyne and Wear Fire Authority chairman Coun Tom Wright, said: “This new, modern station is great news for the local community and for Sunderland.
“It will be in the heart of the community and provide good facilities for our firefighters to train and work in, and for the local community to use.”
ISG has confirmed that materials and supplies from Wearside businesses will be used in the construction of the station.
It has not yet been decided what will happen to Fulwell station once the site at Marley Park opens.