An artist's impression of the new Community Safety Hub
Esh Build has been named as the build partner for the new state-of-the-art Community Safety Hub in Hemlington, following a competitive procurement process.
The build will bring investment and jobs to the local area, with Esh confirming it will use local suppliers to support the construction and invest in skills workshops in some schools through its Building My Skills initiative.
The Community Safety Hub will be a flagship building for Cleveland Police and partner agencies, providing a cost effective and cutting-edge home for modern-day specialist policing on Teesside.
It is being built following the sale of the land at Ladgate Lane to Persimmon Homes. The current police headquarters on the site is outdated, is too large for current operational policing requirements and occupies a huge 60 acre site. The bill to bring the building up to standard would run into millions of pounds.
In contrast the new building will provide a suitable space with the right technology to allow officers and staff to make complex decisions in highly pressured and life threatening situations.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland Barry Coppinger said: “I’m delighted to announce Esh as our build partner as they provide the best value for money and are committed to investing in the local area and supporting the community of Hemlington.
“I made it clear that we should seek a build partner who would use local suppliers for the build, to further support and invest in our many skilled workers within Cleveland, and hopefully provide jobs.
"The key objectives of my Police and Crime Plan include investing in our police and working together to make Cleveland safer. That’s why I’ve had a longstanding commitment to a flagship Community Safety Hub which is suitable for modern day policing and partnership working.
“This is the right option for us and for our residents. It will be a home for collaboration and is a key part of our wider estates strategy to make sure that our assets and infrastructure are cost effective and efficient. I think residents will be impressed with Esh and their previous successful track record in constructing flagship buildings.”
Chief Constable Iain Spittal said: “As more criminals are using technology to commit crime and the police service changes, we need a building with the tools and equipment to improve our specialist policing capabilities. The Community Safety Hub will house a new control room, expert areas for decision making in dangerous situations, such as hostage negotiations, and a space for collaboration.
“The building is not only an investment in our infrastructure and the local area, but an investment in the wellbeing of our staff by housing them in a comfortable, modern and fit-for-purpose environment.”
Paul Redman, divisional director at Esh Build, said: “Esh is experienced in delivering projects like this throughout North East, over the last two years we have constructed several large projects in the Tees Valley, which have helped regenerate the area and have created many job opportunities for our supply chains in the area. .
“The Community Safety Hub is a significant investment for the future, and we look forward to providing the best environment for community safety teams to operate from.”
Middlesbrough Mayor Dave Budd said: “The Community Safety Hub is hugely important to the future of policing across Cleveland but is also a vital part of Middlesbrough’s ongoing regeneration so it is very positive news that the project has taken another big step forward.”
The land has been bought from Middlesbrough Council on the site that previously housed the Hemlington Hospital. It is estimated that staff will move to the new building in summer 2018.
Posted on Friday 23rd December 2016