Work is well underway on the main construction of Brixham’s replacement £1.2 million fire station.

A spokesman for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said: “The ground floor concrete slab is down and this will be closely followed by the building of the steel frame and the first-floor slab construction.

“Positive progress in such challenging times.”

Brixham firefighters moved out of the deteriorating original building in Bolton Street a year ago to a temporary home on the other side of the town.

This was to make way for the new state-of-the-art station.

Work was halted for a few weeks during the pandemic but contractors were back on site as soon as they were able and work continues to progress.

The old building had been deteriorating despite repair and remedial work.

Fire bosses decided it had reached the end of its economic life and needed replacing.

Access for fire vehicles was difficult and sometimes caused traffic disruption in the street.

The station was also prone to flooding in times of heavy downpours, causing damage to the station and equipment.

Project managers faced a number of challenges while working on the design.

The new building needed to be modern yet fit into an existing streetscape.

Two major foul and storm water sewers run under the existing site limiting the position of the new station.

The site is an infilled pond that used to serve the watermill and is in a conservation area.

The scheme has been designed to enhance, reflect and complement the existing architecture in Bolton Street.

It will also be of efficient construction, using traditional and modern materials.

The new building will be operationally efficient.

On top of that, it will have a positive contribution to the environment maximising where possible the use of renewable energy sources.

Designers have minimised energy use and operating costs of the station as well as reducing its carbon footprint.

A spokesman said the project was balanced ‘quality of design with cost to ensure good whole life public investment while meeting the operational needs of the DSFRS Fire and Rescue Plan’.