A new Lancashire Constabulary Headquarters has been constructed in Blackpool by the contractor company Willmott Dixon, after being commissioned by the property development company Pick Everard.
The new headquarters cost a total figure of £25M and features facilities such as a public enquiry desk, investigations hub, and a 42-cell custody suite, all available to the divisional community policing services.
The three-storey building was designed by the architecture company McBains, with the contracts for the construction of the new development appointed by the Lancashire Constabulary under the Scape Group’s national Major Works framework.
The project was recently completed and officially opened by the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner after the building was labelled as the ‘best public service building’ at the LABC North West Building Excellence awards.
The Regional Director at Pick Everard, Jon Parry stated: “This significant public sector building now provides a fit-for-purpose new base for local policing and immediate response teams.
“We have been responsible for project delivery from start to finish, navigating a challenging brief as the demands made of the police are ever-evolving.
“Changes to the building were needed between initial brief and starting on site, so this required an adaptable approach to design, construction and project management and close collaboration between ourselves, delivery partners and the client.
“In-depth knowledge of the build programme, a flexible approach and on-going testing as the project progressed also meant we were able to catch any snags and make necessary changes efficiently during the build process.
“The new headquarters has met the BREEAM ‘very good’ standard. The requirements of the new building are specialist and varied. As such, the designs also had to be adaptable, with flexible workspaces created to increase the building’s longevity.”
The Head of Estates, Fleet, and Facilities Management at Lancashire Constabulary, Cristina Marshall added: “Our West Division headquarters is an iconic building, which underpins policing services for the area. It is a clear example of investment in policing for Lancashire and investment in our local community.
“The project team clearly demonstrated strong collaborative working during the planning, construction and commissioning of this site, producing an exceptional result. We are delighted with the result and proud of all the hard work that was undertaken.”
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