Plans for a joint headquarters between Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service have taken another significant step forward with the submission of a planning application for the development, based at Sherwood Lodge. The project aims to support the drive for increased efficiency, effectiveness and public safety between the two services.
It has been nearly a year since the decision was taken by both organisations to look at collaboratively working from the same site. In that time, a full proposal has been developed for Sherwood Lodge, current home of Nottinghamshire Police HQ, offering facilities that meets future needs as well as strengthening the partnership between police and fire.
The plans include the construction of a multi-functional building to house a new Police Control room, training centre, gym, multi-purpose hall and canteen, as well as the refurbishment of existing office buildings. The application also sees the creation of additional parking to accommodate both organisations.
In addition to improving both services’ emergency response, the new facilities will improve the way staff are trained and provide enabling services to support the front line. Shared office accommodation, with meeting and conference facilities, will allow both groups of headquarters staff to work more efficiently and collaboratively together. The proposed changes ensure that the principle of the Nottingham – Derby green belt has been retained
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping said: "This is another step forward for the project and brings us even closer to realising our ambitions for a new state-of-the-art base for these two forward-thinking organisations.
"I'm very excited about the new facilities and to cement the strong partnership that already exists to improve our blue light services and increase our impact on public safety in the future."
Project Lead, Superintendent Paul Winter said: "The proposed Joint Headquarters will provide new flexible facilities that will serve the emergency services for many years to come.
"The Police have been at Sherwood Lodge since the 1970’s, it is an excellent geographic location to respond to incidents across the county, ensuring that we can get specialist resources such as firearms officers and dogs where they are needed to protect the public.”
“Developing a shared facility with Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue will enable effective joint response to major incidents and it will also enhance our ability to work together.”
Nottinghamshire’s Fire and Rescue Service Assistant Chief Officer, Ian Pritchard, who is leading the whole programme, said: “This collaborative project offers a number of benefits that will not only improve the efficiency and effectiveness of both organisations, but will also bring us closer together to support the people of Nottinghamshire and continue to provide safer communities across the county.
“This investment will provide much needed facilities for Nottinghamshire’s Police and Fire services well into the future, and at the same time save money that can be re-invested in the front line services.”
The decision on the planning application is expected by October 2019. If successful the build should be completed towards the end of 2021.