Willmott Dixon has secured a £12.8m contract to create a new operational hub for the Gloucestershire police force, which will be the first time that the constabulary will have all their units in one place
Using the Procurement Hub framework, this latest project involves redeveloping the existing operations base at Bamfurlong, located between Gloucester and Cheltenham at the end of the Golden Valley bypass.
This is the second project in a year for this police force following the refurbishment of its Sabrina Centre in 2020.
The project will include the delivery of a new operational hub building, along with kennels, stable and equine block.
Willmott Dixon has worked closely with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to develop the site; and identified over £10m worth of savings, including over £6m through the refurbishment of an existing vehicle workshop.
This the latest blue light project for Willmott Dixon in the South West after completing the £25m Exeter Police station last year, the first of its kind to achieve the BREEAM ‘Excellent’ sustainability standard.
Across England and Wales, the company has delivered a portfolio of blue light facilities worth nearly £200m in the last three years as emergency forces make better use of their property to become more efficient, save on running costs and create a better environment for staff and detainees.
Using a brownfield site and reducing environmental impact
Neal Stephens, managing director for Willmott Dixon’s Wales and West region, said: ‘‘It is great to be working again with Gloucestershire Constabulary.
“This is yet another exciting project that will transform its operations by providing a fit-for-purpose, modern environment for officers and staff.
“Our team developed a close working relationship during our time on the Sabrina Centre which has enabled us to quickly help the force to develop this scheme and start on site.’’
Andy Peck, client relationship manager for Procurement Hub, added: “It is great to have continuity with Gloucestershire Constabulary and follow on from the first project 12 months ago.
“Due to the early engagement between Willmott Dixon, Procurement Hub and Gloucestershire Constabulary, we were able to build on our success of last year.”