PCC Coppinger signing the contract to sell Police HQ land with Chief of Staff Simon Dennis
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland Barry Coppinger has moved significant local investment, regeneration and collaboration one step closer by completing the sale of the police headquarters site at Ladgate Lane, to Persimmon Homes Ltd.
The sale, which followed a competitive bidding process, forms the next phase in a plan to build a state of the art Community Safety Hub on the preferred site at Hemlington Grange in Middlesbrough. The building will bring investment to Cleveland and be accessible to the public, partner agencies and other emergency services.
The Ladgate Lane police headquarters was built in the 1970s, and is no longer fit for purpose, costing the Force around £1million per year to run. In contrast, a new efficient building would reduce the carbon footprint, and save around £200,000 per year.
Funds from the sale of Ladgate Lane will be used to pay for the Community Safety Hub; however project specialists are working hard to address and plan for any possibility of increasing costs caused by inflation, changes to the construction industry and prices of raw materials.
The bill to taxpayers for bringing the current building to standard would be £7.8million, and Mr. Coppinger has confirmed his decision that continuing with a new Community Safety Hub build not only benefits the public purse in the longer term, but brings a much needed boost for jobs, regeneration and investment.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “I’m absolutely delighted this project has moved a step further, and we can now look to the possibilities a new community building and investment brings to Teesside.
“In support of my Police and Crime Plan, I’ll be pushing for jobs for local people, asking contractors to commit to supporting the ‘living wage’ and engaging with communities to understand how a new hub can support them.
“The Community Safety Hub will be the bedrock for collaboration, and we are already in detailed discussions with a number of partners, including North Yorkshire Police – to co-locate staff within the building.”
Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Jacqui Cheer, said: “‘Moving to a purpose built Community Safety Hub will be an important step in modernising how we operate.
“We will be seeking out the best ideas for using technology, configuring the work spaces and working together with and alongside our delivery partners. It is only through these bold steps that we will be able to continue to deliver policing to our current high standards whilst keeping down costs.”
Funding rules mean that money from the sale of the Ladgate Lane site can only be used to fund assets or infrastructure, and can’t be used to pay for police officers or staff.
The sale price will remain undisclosed until the tendering process for the build of the Community Safety Hub is complete, because making the figure public at this stage would undermine the bidding process.
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Posted on Thursday 30th April 2015