Photo-a-Day (Wednesday, 25th April, 2018)
Fire / Ambulance Station
Not much you can say about it is there really?
Too true DTease, it's just there. Puzzles me why the word community is needed.
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.
One could say I wonder if the ambulance crews have to slide down the firemens poles when they are going out to a job
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.
Hi Mick, seen the umbrellas in Makinson Arcade?
Just noticed who ever comes flying out of door 4 & 5 will have to drive over the grass verge
I LOVE the umbrellas in the Makinson Arcade and was hoping someone would take a photo of then for p-a-d.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
The doors are now covered by larger than life photographs of the fire and ambulance personnel who work there. No more green doors.
Never mind the building just pay tribute to the people who come out of this place on our behalf they do a fantastic job.
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.
Personally, I just love the name Angela. The first girl that I ever kissed was called Angela. Thanks for the memory Angela.
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.
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?
The doors have picture decals fitted since February.
I stand corrected, on my previous post. It would appear that a community is all encompassing.
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.
It was built this way because the council does not have the funds.
How would I send a photo to be considered for Photo-a-Day please?
Julie, email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Julie, the building is nothing to do with the Council.
doors 4 and 5 are purely cleaning and re filling bays for ambulances .
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.
Thank you Ozy.
I have submitted a photo of the umbrella ceiling of Makinsons Arcade.
Angela , It what sense?