Adam Simmonds, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, has formally approved the decision to construct two new Northamptonshire Police buildings in the north of the county, with construction work set to commence shortly on the Northern Accommodation Building and Police Investigation Centre.
The decision comes at the same time as the Police and Crime Commissioner has confirmed the eight pence per-week rise in the policing council tax precept from April this year, following its unanimous approval by the Northamptonshire Police and Crime Panel.
The awarding of the contract to build the new Northamptonshire Police Investigation Centre and Northern Accommodation Building – situated just off the A43 next to the A6003 between Kettering and Corby – has been taken following discussions with Chief Constable Simon Edens, who has confirmed the operational significance of the buildings and that they support the force’s primary purpose of protecting the people of Northamptonshire from harm.
It has also been confirmed that the buildings would be needed in the event of Northamptonshire Police progressing with a strategic alliance with Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire forces.
Building work will be completed by Bowmer and Kirkland Ltd and is anticipated to be completed by spring 2017, while the new premises will provide work space for approximately 350 staff.
Adam Simmonds, Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said:
“There is a pressing operational need for both the Police Investigation Centre and Northern Accommodation Building and I’m pleased to be able to support Northamptonshire Police by awarding the contract to construct these new premises.
“The design of these new facilities incorporates innovative concepts to encourage new and more agile working practices that will contribute to more efficient and effective policing models in the future.
“The location of the site allows excellent links to the county as a whole and will help Northamptonshire Police serve residents to the best possible standards.”
Speaking last month, Simon Edens, Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police, added:
“Our most important task is to protect the people of this county from harm and we can help to achieve that by bringing the facilities in the north of the county in line with those now offered by the Criminal Justice Centre in Northampton.
“The new 20-cell centre would replace outdated facilities at Corby and Kettering police stations.”
On release of computer generated images of the site in January, Leader of Kettering Borough Council, Cllr Russell Roberts, commented:
“I’m delighted that the Police and Crime Commissioner has chosen Kettering as the potential site for the new Police Investigation Centre and Northern Accommodation Building.
“Along with the proposed Beechwood offices development on the same site, the move will significantly regenerate the land and secure jobs in the area as well as boost the local economy and Kettering Borough will always support Northamptonshire Police.”
Darren Eaton, Regional Director of Bowmer & Kirkland Ltd, who have been awarded the construction contract for the new buildings, said:
“It is a real honor for us to be involved in this prestigious project. Our experience in delivering many other public service schemes enables us to provide a construction team that will work hand in hand with all stakeholders to ensure a smooth delivery and a project that we can all be proud of.”