L-R back row: Apprentice Beth McQuitty, Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger, Chief Constable Iain Spittal, Craig Old from Esh Build, and apprentice Ryan McManus. L-R front row: Luke Thompson, 6, and Macie Sexton, 5, from Viewley Hill School.
Police chiefs joined local schoolchildren and apprentices to put the first spades in the ground as building work began yesterday on the new Community Safety Hub in Hemlington.
The innovative building will be a flagship hub for Cleveland Police and partner agencies, providing a cost effective and cutting-edge home for modern-day specialist policing on Teesside.
Chief Constable Iain Spittal and Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger carried out the official ground-breaking with help from Macie Sexton, 5, and Luke Thompson, 6, from Viewley Hill Primary School in Hemlington. Apprentices Beth McQuitty and Ryan McManus, who will be working on the project, also helped.
Esh Build was named as the build partner and will be using local suppliers to support the construction and invest in skills workshops in some schools.
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “We are now realising our vision of a 21st Century hub, which will equip our people with the right technology and investment to deliver excellent policing and community safety services.
“This building, and the work from it, will benefit communities across Teesside for years to come. It will be the epicentre of contact with the public, and is much more cost effective than the current policing headquarters at Ladgate Lane.
“The plans for the Community Safety Hub form part of my overall Police and Crime Plan, and one of my priorities to invest in policing. I look forward to seeing the finished product and feel we are in safe hands with Esh on board.”
“This project offers potential for further public sector collaboration in the future. As a local investment in its own right of some £10m, it will also play a part in assisting future regeneration of Middlesbrough and the wider Teesside area”
Chief Constable Iain Spittal said: “Not only are we building a state-of-the-art hub, but we are building a legacy for future generations, so I’m pleased that the local schoolchildren and apprentices joined us for the official ground breaking.
“The Community Safety Hub will be a fantastic base for our officers and staff to manage major incidents and key policing operations to keep people safe from harm.”
Paul Redman, divisional director at Esh Build, said: “The Esh Build team is looking forward to delivering this important piece of community safety infrastructure. We’ll make sure the build process has a positive knock-on effect in the community through apprenticeships, skills workshops in local schools and partnerships with the local supply chain.
“Esh Build is skilled at delivering specialist projects for emergency services operators and our partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner and Cleveland Police is important to us.”
The Community Safety Hub is funded via a capital receipt of almost £17.8m from sale of Ladgate Lane HQ site.
The funds are expected to be invested as follows:
£9.7m will be spent on the new build;
£3.6m on Land Purchase, Planning and Development and Design;
£1.7m on the move, project team, services to the site, fixtures and fittings.
£2.8m on ICT infrastructure and server room.
The contractor Esh Build are committed to supporting the local economy and 85% of the spend will be with contractors based within 25 miles of the project. Local apprenticeships will also be boosted.
The Commissioner will receive regular updates and will keep the Police & Crime Panel updated regarding the project.
Posted on Friday 17th March 2017