This week we take a look at work to build a new police station in Blackpool as part of our ‘Project Update’ series.
A £21m new police station is being built on Clifton Road in Marton, following the demolition of Progress House, the former council offices. The new building will be the headquarters for the county’s West Division, which covers Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre, Lancaster and Morecambe. It will provide a base for some of the local policing and immediate response teams as well as a public inquiry desk, investigations hub and 42 custody cells. It will also house a range of specialist teams serving the whole of the division.
Construction began last December and the steel framework can now be seen. It is due to open in 2018.
The current Bonny Street station is more than 4o years old and its condition has deteriorated to such an extent it no longer meets modern policing needs. Many of the cells do not meet new standards, for example for handling violent prisoners.
The police will have an office within the council’s Municipal Buildings.
The police bought the Clifton Road site for £2.2m from Blackpool Council, which in turn bought the Bonny Street site for £3.2m as part of its assembly of land towards potential development on the Central Station site. Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw has previously described the scheme as “realising our vision of a modern and efficient police base on the Fylde coast that is fit for the 21st century.” Coun Adrian Hutton, whose Clifton ward includes the new police station, said the local community welcomed the investment. He said: “Everyone’s a winner because the town is getting a new police station which is long overdue, and it is going to make the area look better.”