new joint police and fire headquarters is set to provide a significant boost to
the regional economy – thanks to the appointment of a local building contractor
to deliver the project.
A new £18.5million
joint headquarters building will be constructed on land behind the existing
Nottinghamshire Police headquarters at Sherwood Lodge and is scheduled to open
by the end of 2021.
Work on the new
building, which will include a control room, training centre, changing rooms,
gym, canteen and shared offices, is expected to begin next month.
it will form part of a wider joint campus that will also include all of the
existing police headquarters.
competitive tendering process Nottingham-based Henry Brothers Midlands has been
chosen to construct the new three storey building. A formal contract was agreed
today (Monday, 29 June).
permission was granted in December 2019, a considerable amount of work has
already taken place on this multi-phase project under the direction of
construction consultancy Gleeds.
The site, which
will include a new access road, additional car parking and improvements to
existing facilities, has already been levelled and cleared – ahead of time and
Managing Director of Henry Brothers Midlands, said: “As a local company, we are
delighted to have been appointed to build this new joint headquarters building
for Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service.
has a wealth of experience when it comes to public sector buildings and we are
proud to have been selected to work on such a high profile and important
project for our local emergency services.”
Midlands, based at Priory Court, Derby Road, Beeston, is part of The Henry
Group, which comprises a number of manufacturing and construction sector
companies, ranging from external construction through to interiors fit-out.
The company has
been involved in a number of major projects in Nottingham in recent years. It
is currently building a new £9m four-storey Enterprise Innovation Centre at
Nottingham Trent University’s City Campus – the third development undertaken by
Henry Brothers Midlands for the university.
In 2019 the company also completed a new £23m two-storey engineering
facility at the university’s Clifton Campus, and also began work on a new
Medical Technologies Innovation Facility (MTIF) on the same site.
headquarters project is the next step in a series of collaboration projects
between the two services, which already share premises at Highfields, West
Bridgford and London Road fire stations, and at the new tri-service hub in
Hucknall. The two organisations also jointly procure fuel, have a shared drone
and incident welfare vehicle, and conduct joint safety and educational
Craig Guildford said: “This is a significant day in the history of this project
and also a good time to reflect on the huge amount of work that has taken place
since we began preparing the ground once we got the planning decision at the back
end of last year.
“I want to
thank all those involved in getting us to this point, ahead of schedule and
under budget. It is great news to have been able to have formalised this
partnership with a trusted local contractor. Their bid represents excellent
value for money for taxpayers. I am delighted that we are able to support so
many local jobs on site and in the wider supply chain in what I know is a very
challenging time for local businesses.”
Officer John Buckley said: “The appointment of a local contractor marks a
significant step in the joint headquarters programme and is the culmination of
a great amount of joint working between the two organisations to co-ordinate a
robust and effective competitive tendering process.
Fire and Rescue Service and Nottinghamshire Police have collaborated on a
number of projects in recent years; our new joint headquarters is the next step
in our collaboration journey and will pave the way for future partnership
working for the benefit of the communities we serve.”
Chair of the
Fire Authority, Cllr Michael Payne, added: “This is fantastic news in what has,
in recent months, undoubtedly been an extremely challenging time for our police
and fire staff, the wider public sector and our communities across the whole of
the city and county.
appointment of a local company to build our new joint headquarters reinforces
our commitment to the people of Nottinghamshire, and I look forward to the next
phase of the project where we will start to see the redevelopment of Sherwood
Lodge taking shape, and the relationship between the two organisations going
from strength to strength.”
Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “This is another big
step towards the completion of this latest and biggest partnership project to
date between two key emergency services.
It’s good news that a local company provided the best value for money in
a very strict tender process as this means that local people will benefit. I’m also delighted that despite the
challenges of the last few months, the work to date has been completed ahead of
schedule and under budget. I am grateful
to everyone who has worked hard to deliver this.
organisations have been collaborating for some time to improve both financial
and operational efficiency and experience has proved that they work well
together. The new headquarters will
bring numerous advantages, such as a better working environment for the
workforce, eco-friendly elements and further development of the working
relationship between the services. I’m looking forward to seeing the completed