Following the successful completion of Prescot and Saughall Massie Fire Stations, Huyton Asphalt was instructed as the surfacing supplier for St Helens’ new state-of-the-art Fire Station facility in partnership with Wates. The purpose-built station, constructed on unused land at Pilkington Glass’ Watson Street site, included an access road, training yard, two car parks and several pedestrian areas. This required a bespoke approach to the materials used in the surfacing of each area to ensure the longevity and sustainability of the site. The project ran from March to September 2020 – the completion deadline was fixed due to the keyworker status of the Fire and Rescue Service. During the Covid-19 pandemic, this posed a number of challenges as the team navigated changes to working processes and significant impact on the supply chain and



The scale of the project included the following elements:

• 3,500m2 access road / training yard
• 625m2 – car parks
• 625m2 – footpaths / various pedestrian areas
• 120m2 – adoptable 278
Due to the heavy load and impact of manoeuvring the fire engines, the materials used for the access road and training yard needed to be fit for purpose with adaptations made to the depth of the base and binder and increase surface course. As part of Huyton Asphalt’s commitment to innovation and sustainability, the team laid the latest innovative low carbon HALO product across the site. This included warm mix asphalt which makes a significant reduction to carbon footprint and a pioneering rubber course which was also laid on site for the first time across any project in the North West. The industry-first rubber course was laid on the carparks across the site in an enhanced environmental commitment across the project. Rubber modified asphalts contain the rubber from recycled tyres resulting in a carbon saving of up to 8%.


• HALO laid: 1179te
• RAP: 252.78T = 24%
• CO2 saving: 4t
• Cars off the road: 2.4
• Miles saved / year: 19,200
• Times around the world: 0.8

We adapted our processes in order to continue works during the Covid-19 pandemic and the project was successfully completed in September 2020.