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Willmott Dixon to Deliver £18m Custody Suite for Bedfordshire Police

Willmott Dixon to deliver £18m Custody Suite for Bedfordshire Police
04 September 2020
 

The new facility will include a 22-cell custody block, offices for police and staff, as well as parking and associated external works.

The project was procured through Major Works England and Northern Ireland, part of the Scape National Construction framework.

Located at their Kempston headquarters, the new custody suite will replace a temporary variant and is the first major building commissioned at the site since 2005.

 

“This is essential as our detention staff and officers deserve to have the best working environment we can provide and we need to remember that those in police custody have not yet gone before a court and are innocent until proven guilty.”

–Kathryn Holoway

Police and Crime Commissioner, Bedfordshire

 

Facilities for the Emergency Services 

 

Willmott Dixon’s experience of building facilities for the emergency services includes recently handing over a custody centre and operational hub in Exeter for Devon and Cornwall Constabulary and a combined campus for Lincolnshire Fire, Police and Ambulance services.  Projects currently being built include the delivery of a £20m control centre in Hull for Humberside Police and the £37m new headquarters for Merseyside Police in Liverpool.

Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holoway, said, “Since the old Greyfriars station in Bedford closed down because its custody suite was not fit for purpose, its replacement has been being planned. This has been a priority for me and I’m absolutely delighted to get this build underway on my watch. 

“This is essential as our detention staff and officers deserve to have the best working environment we can provide and we need to remember that those in police custody have not yet gone before a court and are innocent until proven guilty.”

Chris Tredget, Managing Director of Willmott Dixon in London and the East said: “We are delighted to build on our strong pedigree in the blue light sector to deliver a new state of the art custody suite for Bedfordshire Police.  

“Having built similar facilities in the region, we are collaborating closely Bedfordshire Police to ensure that the facility will meet all of their requirements and needs, providing a state-of-the-art building and better environment for all.”

Picture: A photograph of how the Bedfordshire Custody Suite may look  

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 04 September 2020

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