UK’s First of its Kind New carbon-neutral tri-station opens in Hebburn

Hebburn Tri-Station has opened, and the Tyne and Wear Fire Brigade have moved in.

Hebburn Tri-Station officially opened in May 2024 with the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) being the first to move into the facility which Desco designed the mechanical and electrical services for.

The carbon neutral blue light hub will be home to the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS), North East Ambulance Service and Northumbria Police.

The tri-station was designed with a focus on sustainability, collaboration, and the community. The design of the tri-station will allow the fire service, police, and ambulance service to be based at the same centre and work collaboratively to serve the community.

The hub, which is fully electric, has over 340 photovoltaic (PV) panels which can produce 100% of the renewable electricity for the Tri-Station. It is the first hub of its kind to be carbon neutral and is part of TWFRS plan to achieve Net Zero Carbon. As well as PV panels, other sustainable features include ground source heat pumps for heating and hot water, a wildflower meadow to support biodiversity and electric car and cycle charging points.

The building features a training tower and garage which will allow the services to train on-site individually and together and reach their community swiftly. By training together, the services will be able to take part in exercises where several different services come together to protect their community.

The TWFRS moved into the new hub last week and Northumbria Police and the North East Ambulance Service will move in the coming months.