Sectors - Civil

Willmott Dixon Appointed to £20m Facility

Willmott Dixon is pleased to announce that the company has been given the go-ahead to start work on a new £20 million facility for Humberside Police’s control centre and other specialist services.

The 107,000 square foot, three-storey operational support building will be constructed next to Humberside Police’s existing facility at Melton West Business Park, near Hull, and it will accommodate over 500 members of staff. As well as this, the building will contain a new control room, which will handle all telephone calls and public contact.

The new building will also house specialist units, such as major crime investigation, to free up space in other buildings to accommodate the uplift in police officer numbers, which have increased by about 500 since 2016.

The new development is a joint project between Humberside Police Force, Melton West landowners and developers Wykeland Group, supported by planning consultants DLP, and will be designed by Bond Bryan Architects. The design will include sustainable features such as energy efficient heating and lighting systems, plus use of environmentally friendly material and facilities to encourage staff to cycle to and from work.

The contract was procured via Major Works England and Northern Ireland, a part of the Scape National Construction framework. It is scheduled for completion and opening in 2022.

Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter, who has responsibility for the force estate said: “I am delighted that planning permission has been granted for the new police building at Melton. At this moment of national crisis our thoughts and efforts are naturally on dealing with the tragedy affecting many families and coping with the stresses on our NHS and other public services.

“It is nevertheless hugely important to consider how we emerge from this and position our public services for the future, in what will inevitably be a challenging time as businesses try to rebuild and people who have lost jobs try to regain their former employment or seek new work. Being able to confirm this new building will now go ahead is therefore a great announcement for our area. It will create jobs and boost supply lines throughout the Humber region. This go-ahead is a statement that we will emerge, and Humberside Police will continue to drive forward its ambition to be an outstanding police force. We must invest for the future.”

Anthony Dillon, Managing Director of Willmott Dixon in the north said: “It’s critical that those who work around the clock to keep us all safe have the right facilities and a suitable working environment for 21st century policing. These new modern facilities for Humberside Police are designed to create a state-of-the-art environment, giving control room teams and officers in specialist units the very best support they need to serve the people of Humberside.

“We’re proud to be working in partnership once again with Humberside Police to support the modernisation of its estate, having also delivered the Birchin Way custody facility in Grimsby, the first to be delivered using our CODE pre-designed concept, which we believe is the next generation for custodial facilities.”

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