First Project Update
In March we were delighted to welcome Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, and head of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, to the site. Andy is of course, responsible for the Fire and Rescue Service in the region.
The procurement process, inviting tenders from architects and designers to work on the delivery stage of the project, is about to be launched in conjunction with our partners Rochdale Borough Council. This will take a few weeks, following which the final design and build phase can start in earnest.
The museum volunteers are beavering away in the background, preparing exhibits for display when the museum opens. Currently two major projects are under way, which are expected to be completed in time for the opening day. These are the 1963 Leyland Firemaster pump escape (ex-Manchester Fire Brigade) and the former Rochdale Fire Brigade ERF emergency salvage tender, dating from 1971, which will eventually take its place back in its original Maclure Road home.
Work also continues on preparing other parts of the collection for the move across the yard into our new premises. This includes revising our archive and image catalogues and storage systems so they will be ready for installing in our new library and research centre in time for the opening.