The Old Fire Station, York

Caddick Construction have been awarded the £15 million contract to design and build seven luxury apartments, seven traditional townhouses and a restaurant at a site which is located at the former Fire Station in the centre of York. 

Customer Name

Caddick Construction

Project Location

The Old Fire Station


14 months

Products Used

EcoAs Panel Formwork, Mammut Formwork System, MevaDec Slab Formwork System, Edge Protection System

“The service received from Leada Acrow on-site has been very good. As part of the temporary works, we’ve had to take the design drawings to an independent checker and Leada Acrow have been able to rapidly tweak the designs to suit the site layout and the tight space constraints on-site.”

Richard Miller, Senior Site Manager, Caddick Construction

The project is a joint venture between The Helmsley Group and London-based Ebor Developments.

The first phase of the work involved the partial demolition of the old Fire Station and the creation of a temporary structure to support the sections of the building that were being retained, as the historic building façade needed to remain in place. The four storey reinforced concrete building is located by the side of the River Ouse, so concrete piles were installed 20 metres into the ground to support the new building foundations and ensure stability. An internal lift shaft and concrete staircase were constructed as part of the scheme.

The Challenge

This was a challenging project as the site is based in the centre of York with very tight access, within a conservation area. There is only one access route in and out, so there were huge constraints as to how materials could be transported on and off-site. There were also time constraints, as two concrete cores and concrete slabs needed to be erected with minimal crane time. As the existing façade needed to be retained, it needed to be tied and propped back into the new structure. The building’s riverside location also created a challenge, as there was the risk of flooding throughout the contract.

  • The Old Fire Station, York
  • Formwork and edge protection at the Old Fire Station York

The Solution

Leada Acrow’s Design Engineers devised a complete temporary works solution for this project comprising the use of our EcoAS Panel Formwork which was ideal for use within the tight space constraints and our Mammut Formwork System was specified for cost-effective construction of the cores, columns and shear walls. Our MevaDec Slab Formwork System was also incorporated into the design, as well as our Edge Protection System to ensure safety on-site. 

The Results

The logistics of this project were critical and Leada Acrow was able to ensure timely and efficient deliveries of equipment for the scheme in the busy city centre location. As well as providing detailed design drawings, the Leada Acrow Sales Engineer was on hand throughout the duration of the project to offer specialist advice. Thanks to the time savings that have been made, the development is on schedule for completion by the end of 2018.