Morley and Peter Taylor’s Easter Group have secured a deal to develop London’s new ‘highly resilient’ fire control centre at their Merton Industrial Estate.

Local Government Minister John Healey announced yesterday that in collaboration with London’s fire authority they had decided that the fire centre would be best located at Merton because of its accessibility, demographics, sustainability, and resilience to threats such as flooding.

The London centre will be part of a national network of nine fire and rescue service emergency call handling centres in England under development. They will replace the existing 46 local fire service control rooms across the country.

The other eight centres have already been selected. The first of the centres will be operational in 2009 and the rest by 2011.

Healey said: ‘The Government's top priority is protecting the public and increasing the nation's resilience. That's why we are investing in the new national network of regional control centres. The network will deliver a service that is resilient and capable of responding to anything from a small house fire to a large scale national emergency.’

It is the second win for Easter and Morley which is already developing the South East Regional Fire and Rescue Control Centre at its Kite’s Croft development in Fareham which completes next May.