No 1 Fire Station Refurbishment

Karen Watson

No 1 Fire Station Refurbishment


McIntosh & Phelps

Project architect

William Phelps


Castlereagh Street, Sydney


Fire + Rescue NSW

Project cost

$4 million


February 2020

No 1 Fire Station, constructed in 1887 with later additions in 1912
and 2003, is of exceptional historical significance as the oldest,
continuously running Fire Station in NSW.

McIntosh & Phelps was engaged for the following:
• Initial Scope Definition phase to articulate a scope for
– external repair and refurbishment works
– internal refurbishment works
• Detailed design and documentation for internal refurbishment
works to:
– improve staff privacy and comfort
– relieve overcrowded amenities and sleeping quarters
– reflect increasing diversity within the FRNSW workforce
– improve the Station’s public presentation and visitor experience
– address fire safety and building compliance issues
• Construction advice.

A major component of the works comprises the conversion of
sleeping quarters from dormitory style accommodation to single
self-contained bedrooms, and shared amenities to self-contained
“ensuites”. These works have been carefully designed to meet the
client’s needs while meeting the challenges presented by working in a
heritage-listed building.