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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 25th April, 2018)

Fire / Ambulance Station

Fire / Ambulance Station
New fire/ambulance station, Robin Park Road.

Photo: Anne  (Leica C-Lux 3)
Views: 3,190

Comment by: DTease on 25th April 2018 at 09:47

Not much you can say about it is there really?

Comment by: Anne on 25th April 2018 at 10:02

Too true DTease, it's just there. Puzzles me why the word community is needed.

Comment by: Veronica on 25th April 2018 at 10:34

The weather is grey at the moment and the picture is a dreary grey to match. The weather can change but the building will stay a dreary grey. Anne has pointed out an important building to keep all ex- pats Informed of the changes to Wigan's 'landscape'! It's not all 'wine and roses' unfortunately !.. No offence Anne you have taken the trouble.

Comment by: Mick on 25th April 2018 at 10:54

One could say I wonder if the ambulance crews have to slide down the firemens poles when they are going out to a job

Comment by: Poet on 25th April 2018 at 11:29

Modern architecture follows the principle of form and function. You know this is a fire station simply by its design. They are like this all over the world.

Comment by: orbee on 25th April 2018 at 12:22

Hi Mick, seen the umbrellas in Makinson Arcade?

Comment by: Mick on 25th April 2018 at 13:23

Just noticed who ever comes flying out of door 4 & 5 will have to drive over the grass verge

Comment by: irene roberts on 25th April 2018 at 13:40

I LOVE the umbrellas in the Makinson Arcade and was hoping someone would take a photo of then for p-a-d.

Comment by: Philip Gormley. on 25th April 2018 at 14:03

A enthusiastic effort from Anne, but I think the powers that be made a mistake, when opting for the building's grey façade, as warmer colours are more associated with the vim and vigour of the said two services.
The grey green livery of its doors almost suggest an afterthought.
I've seen this particular grey appearance in two other situations: on rooftops, and at times of interference on our 1950's TV set.

Comment by: Alan H on 25th April 2018 at 14:13

Info for all ex pats, still in the same place as the fire station was before. Just moved the ambulance station from Pottry Rod so that all emergency services are located in the same place. Makes sense I suppose.

Comment by: Cyril on 25th April 2018 at 15:33

To me it's a smart looking building, with the green doors far better than those washed out red ones of the old building, I can imagine the interior being far better too with more modern facilities.

Comment by: DTease on 25th April 2018 at 16:08

In the days when towns had their own Councils a Community Fire Station would be designed to be something for the townspeople to be proud of. This is just another square box, like all the other square boxes in Wigan.

Comment by: Cyril on 25th April 2018 at 16:42

The old building was just a square or oblong box if you look at buildings that way, if it is doing the job it was designed for and the crew gets to my house fire quickly then that's okay by me, though the only folks who can answer that is the folks who work there.

is there still a 'Pole', or has the health and safety banned the crews from using them.

Comment by: Ken R on 25th April 2018 at 17:06

Just a nice new building. But, as Anne has said why the use of "Community"? To me a community is something less than a village, so where is the thinking on this?

Comment by: Angela on 25th April 2018 at 17:25

The doors are now covered by larger than life photographs of the fire and ambulance personnel who work there. No more green doors.

Comment by: Dave on 25th April 2018 at 17:55

Never mind the building just pay tribute to the people who come out of this place on our behalf they do a fantastic job.

Comment by: Mick on 25th April 2018 at 17:58

Cyril when I was out saving lives as a 17 year old member of the AFS we had 4 poles, but the station then was on three levels.
One pole would go down 1 1/2 levels and then you changed over to another one that took you to down to ground
There was another set of pole a few feet away that did the same.

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 25th April 2018 at 18:04

Personally, I just love the name Angela. The first girl that I ever kissed was called Angela. Thanks for the memory Angela.

Comment by: Veronica on 25th April 2018 at 18:34

Just because a building is functional and serves a purpose doesn't mean it should have an ugly dull facade. I can't make out if 'real' bricks were used - but a 'reddish' tone or at least a warmer tone to my mind would have looked better and blended in with the surroundings. It looks like the colour of old slag heaps! That's my opinion.

Comment by: DTease on 25th April 2018 at 18:53

Given that they were pulling the old square box down, couldn't they have replaced it with something a bit better instead of replacing it with another square box that we will be stuck with for years?

Comment by: Alan on 25th April 2018 at 19:08

The doors have picture decals fitted since February.

Comment by: Ken R on 25th April 2018 at 19:26

I stand corrected, on my previous post. It would appear that a community is all encompassing.

Comment by: Fred Mason on 25th April 2018 at 20:11

Interesting photo, Anne.

Some good comments above but what gets me is the 'No Entry' sign which appears to be up against a brick wall...!!!

Nice one, lass.

Comment by: Julie on 25th April 2018 at 20:54

It was built this way because the council does not have the funds.

Comment by: Julie on 26th April 2018 at 06:49

How would I send a photo to be considered for Photo-a-Day please?

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 26th April 2018 at 08:47

Julie, email your photo to brian@wiganworld.co.uk

Regards. Ozy.

Comment by: Angela on 26th April 2018 at 18:45

The no entry sign Fred is at the front of the side ambulance park if you understand what I mean. The road around the station is one way.

Comment by: Angela on 26th April 2018 at 18:46

Julie, the building is nothing to do with the Council.

Comment by: antar on 26th April 2018 at 21:34

doors 4 and 5 are purely cleaning and re filling bays for ambulances .

Comment by: Dave lewis on 26th April 2018 at 23:21

Hi Irene, did you pick a free postcard up showing the umbrellas they are situated on the entrance from woodcock square, there is a competition to see who can send one the furthest.

Comment by: Julie on 27th April 2018 at 06:49

Thank you Ozy.

I have submitted a photo of the umbrella ceiling of Makinsons Arcade.

Comment by: Julie on 28th April 2018 at 17:53

Angela , It what sense?

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