Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds has revealed how new Northamptonshire Police buildings could look if the proposed new Estates Strategy put forward by his office is accepted following public consultation.
The Commissioner yesterday announced plans to save over £40million through more efficient use of police facilities, including vacating the existing headquarters at Wootton Hall in favour of several smaller bases and the adoption of more agile working practices.
Proposed Northamptonshire Police Northern Accommodation Building
Part of these plans include the creation of a new Police Investigation Centre and Northern Accommodation Building, which will be situated just off the A43 next to the A6003 between Kettering and Corby and provide work space for approximately 350 staff.
Proposed Northamptonshire Police Investigation Centre
Images of the proposed site plan and buildings show how the move would help regenerate the current land while providing new effective police buildings for the force.
Adam Simmonds, Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said:
“One of the primary drivers behind looking at a new strategy for Northamptonshire Police buildings has been the need to serve the whole of county through the utilisation of a number of different smaller bases, rather than just through one headquarters in Northampton.
“The proposed new purpose built operational buildings will allow more and more police officers to work out of the north of the county and due to it’s location will help us to decrease response times to rural communities.
“The proposed new site offers excellent links to the county as a whole and will also allow us to progress talks with Leicestershire Police regarding integration of certain working practices – it is an exciting and innovative time for the force and as always, at the heart of these decisions is our desire to provide the best possible service for residents.”
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“The new 20-cell centre would replace outdated facilities at Corby and Kettering police stations.”
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 Prisoner 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.”