Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Cleveland Police and Cleveland Fire Brigade the joint Collaborative Development Working Group (CDWG) has been exploring the proposal for the Thornaby neighbourhood policing team to share accommodation with the Fire Brigade with a view to both retaining a local presence and reducing costs.
The Brigade is planning a new Fire Station at Thornaby that will become operational in July 2017** and are currently at contract award stage. They have invited the Force to consider developing this as a joint facility that would replace the existing Thornaby Police Station. There are no proposed changes to the services provided from Thornaby Police Station, this is purely to upgrade the accommodation, save money and work more collaboratively with partners.
This is in line with the approved Estates Blueprint that plans for the closure of Thornaby Police Station in 2017 and the relocation of the neighbourhood policing team to public sector partner accommodation as the current Police Station requires major investment to bring the accommodation up to standard, in line with other Police premises
The proposal is that we co-locate the Thornaby neighbourhood policing team into the new fire station as their permanent base. The design drawings show that there is 70m2 of accommodation being offered to Cleveland Police.
The design has been reviewed and approved by both senior Police operational command leads and the Information Security Manager.
In terms of Thornaby the collaborative opportunity with the Fire Brigade secures high quality accommodation that is very closely located (0.3 miles) to our existing Police base.
In addition to the allocated office accommodation, Cleveland Fire Brigade have agreed that the neighbourhood policing team would have full access to the canteen/dining area, gymnasium, shower facilities and meeting rooms at no additional charge. Adequate parking for both operational and personal vehicles will also be provided.
The estimated costs per square metre have been validated by the Fire Brigades independent construction consultants and have been subjected to a competitive tender exercise.
Following the re-location of the Thornaby neighbourhood policing team into the proposed new Thornaby Fire Station, Cleveland Police would be able to dispose of Thornaby Police Station valued at £225,000. These premises have a current annual revenue maintenance budget of £35,000 and a maintenance backlog of £60,000, over the next 10 years.
Cleveland Fire Brigade has asked for a one off capital contribution of £139,266 plus an annual percentage of revenue contribution for utilities, cleaning and life cycle costings.
Although the extent of this revenue contribution has yet to be clarified, the size of the new accommodation is approximately 15% of the Police existing station which would, on a pro-rata basis, equate to an annual revenue contribution of £5,250.
Cleveland Police would also need to budget for furniture, fixtures and equipment to cover items such as ICT, desks, chairs, projectors, display screen and lockers. This is estimated to be £15,000.
The PCC is asked to approve a collaborative approach with Cleveland Fire Brigade, for the use of their new Thornaby facility and the subsequent sale of the current Thornaby Police Station. There is no proposed change to the services provided from the move. This will enable the release of Thornaby Police Station from the PCC’s estates portfolio, generating savings of:
Estimate Capital Receipt from sale of the Police Station: £225,000
Revenue maintenance budget savings: £35,000
Maintenance backlog for Thornaby Police Station for next 10 yrs.: £60,000