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Kensington Career Fire Station

Kensington Career Fire Station


Kensington, WA


Department of Finance


Oldfield Knott Architects


Oldfield Knott Architects

Contract Type

Construct Only


Project value


Months to build




  • 2021 Master Builders WA – Best Government Building $5-10m
  • Restrictive Site Access
  • Live Operating Environment

This new station for the Department of Fire and Emergency Services WA was built in consultation with firefighters according to their needs and replaces the existing facility built in 1973.

The building’s functional design reflects emergency response capability changes in the local urban landscape in recent decades, particularly an increase in medium to high-rise residential and commercial buildings. The station was also constructed with the capacity for a future expansion to accommodate for any population growth.

The new facility built at the rear of the old station includes a much larger vehicle bay to cater for 4 fire trucks, dedicated learning facilities with a new training tower and rescue training area, a dormitory wing, kitchen and living spaces, meeting rooms, change rooms, and an integrated gym and outdoor area.

Preliminary works involved clearing the greenfield site, significant earthworks, and installing in-ground services including underground stormwater cells and authority headworks. The building itself is comprised of a traditional steel, brick and concrete structure, with precast concrete walls to the appliance bay. The architectural features include a combination of face brick and blockwork, coloured precast concrete panels, cladding, metal roofing and glazing.

As is the case with the majority of our projects, ingress and egress presented a challenge as the only access to the site was via a shared driveway with the occupied fire station. Through diligent stakeholder management and open communications, the new fire station was delivered without any hindrance to the operating fire station.

“I am confident that with their new modern station and increased training facilities our firefighters will be well served into the future as they continue to do an excellent job protecting our communities.”

Ben WyattVictoria Park MLA


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