Interserve Press Office | Jul 29, 2013
Interserve and West Yorkshire Police have marked the latest in a series of building milestones with a 'topping off' ceremony at the site of a new, state-of-the-art divisional headquarters being built on Elland Road in south Leeds.
This marks the highest point of the building's development ahead of its planned opening in March 2014.
Chief Constable Mark Gilmore joined Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson at the top of what will become the new headquarters of City and Holbeck Division in Leeds.
The new Elland Road facility, which will replace the old Holbeck and Millgarth Police Stations, will cost in the region of £35 million and will cover 12,500 square metres of floor space, house a 40 cell custody area and provide parking for over 400 vehicles.
The project is the last of three major building developments due to begin operating in the next 12 months.
In November a new district headquarters for the Wakefield Division will open at Havertop Lane, Normanton. This will be followed by the completion of a specialist training facility at Carr Gate, Wakefield, which is currently being constructed next to the force's existing Operational Support Division facilities.
The three building projects have been funded through a private finance initiative scheme (PFI), which was approved by the Home Office and endorsed by a Treasury led review group. The combined total of the developments is expected to have capital cost in the region £114 million and will provide a 21st century working environment for over 1,000 police officers and civilian staff.
Under a development agreement with Interserve, the three buildings are also helping to boost the local economy. Over 85% of sub-contracts are being awarded to local companies and the majority of construction staff live in local communities.
Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson said: "As the former Chair of West Yorkshire Police Authority, I have been involved in the development of these new facilities from the outset and I am delighted to now see the plans we made a number of years ago becoming a reality.
"I'm also particularly pleased that, through a commitment we made with Interserve, we have been able to provide a very timely boost to local workers and the local economy.
"These bespoke, modern and efficient facilities will help to lower our overall costs by replacing out-of-date buildings which were simply no longer fit for purpose.
"The scale, ambition and hard work that has gone into making these developments a reality places West Yorkshire Police in the best possible position to ensure people in West Yorkshire are safer and feel safer."
Chief Constable Mark Gilmore said: "The new facilities provide us with a platform to deliver a modern police service that is flexible and responsive to the needs of people across West Yorkshire.
"I share people's concerns around the funding cuts being made to policing across the country, and a major aspect in the development of these new facilities has been the central government funding.
"This has enabled us to make these projects work and in the longer-term these modern and efficient facilities will help us to lower our overall costs while improving the service we deliver to local people."
Ian Renhard, MD Construction at Interserve added: "This is another significant milestone reached in the construction of world-class facilities for West Yorkshire Police. Our project team has worked in true collaboration with the Police and the local councils to ensure that we are delivering facilities that will serve the Police and the local communities for years to come."
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