Adam Simmonds, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, has today confirmed the completion of the sale of part of the Wootton Hall Park site – which currently houses Northamptonshire Police Headquarters – for £3.45million.
Under the terms of the deal, the site will ultimately house the new Wootton Park School.
The completion of the sale follows the development of a phased relocation plan for staff and officers, which sets out the timeline in which the force will relocate to other bases – including the new Northamptonshire Police Investigation Centre and Northamptonshire Police Northern Accommodation Building situated just off the A43 between Kettering and Corby, which will be constructed by mid-2017 and will provide work space for 350 staff.
As set out in the Commissioner’s Estates Strategy, Northamptonshire Police will exit their current headquarters by the following deadlines:
- The majority of force staff and functions will leave Wootton Hall by September 2017
- Transport and fleet management functions will leave the site by June 2018
- The Northamptonshire Police Control Room will relocate by April 2020
- Critical IT infrastructure, such as the communication mast, will remain at Wootton Hall until such time as they are redundant
In line with these dates Wootton Park School will open on the site this September located in temporary bespoke buildings outside of the force’s secure area, with permanent buildings to be developed between September 2017 and September 2019, to be used by students from the start of the 2019-20 school year.
The future of the rest of the Wootton Hall Park site will be considered by incoming Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold, who takes over from Mr Simmonds at 00:00hrs on Thursday morning.