Blackpool police HQ contract announced

An artist's impression of Blackpool new police headquarters
An artist's impression of Blackpool new police headquarters
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The contract to build the new police station for Blackpool has been awarded to Hertfordshire-based Willmott 

The construction firm won the contract under Scape Group’s National Major Works framework for a £24m replacement for the Bonny Street Police Station.

It will be built at the Progress House site on Clifton Road, and will be headquarters for West Division, covering Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre, Lancaster and Morecambe.

Chief Supt Stuart Noble, Divisional Commander for Lancashire Constabulary’s West Division, said: “The new building will see a massive improvement to our working environment, providing vital support to officers and staff who deliver frontline services to keep the area safe.

“This is a milestone moment for policing in Blackpool – one which we feel will ultimately help us to provide a better quality of service to the public.”

Willmott Dixon managing director for the north Anthony Dillon said: “We’ll be taking our learning from other police forces and applying this experience here.

“We’ll also ensure the work benefits the local economy, with 20 per cent spend within a ten mile radius rising to 75 per cent spend within a 40 miles.”

Designed by McBains Cooper Consultancy, it will provide a base for local policing and immediate response teams as well as a public enquiry desk, investigations hub and 42 custody cells.

It will also house a range of specialist teams serving the whole of the division.