Merseyside Operational Command Centre delivered on time and budget
Morgan Sindall have completed Merseyside Police’s new £48 million Operational Command Centre (OCC) on the Estuary Business Park in Speke, as procured via the North West Construction Hub.
The completion of work was marked with a special handover ceremony, attended by Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, Chief Constable Andy Cooke and representatives the project team and supply chain.
The new three-storey building will house the Serious and Organised Crime Centre and will enable all the teams that make up Merseyside Police’s Matrix and Serious and Organised Crime (MSOC) unit to be brought together under one roof.
There will also be a separate, single-storey building which will provide administration and support services and further smaller buildings including dog kennels, a fuel station and a gatehouse on Leeward Drive which will control access to the 11.4 acre site. The site will also provide car parking and land for dog exercise and training.
The contractor has ensured that the site has been a hub of learning and development throughout the construction lifecycle. It’s estimated that 2,500 people primarily drawn from the surrounding region have worked on the project, with over 38 apprentices and graduates from local universities and colleges employed on site during the process.
“I would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard on this project since 3 November 2015 to turn our plans into reality. I am delighted to see it delivered on time and on budget and I look forward to the official opening of the building once all the teams are in place.
The buildings have been designed to meet the latest standards in energy efficiency, including LED lights throughout and solar panels on the roof to make sure it is cost effective to run. It was assessed by city council planners as well designed to be interesting architecturally and to preserve and enhance its ecological value in a landscaped setting.” Jane Kennedy, Merseyside Police Commissioner