NWCH project sets the benchmark for modernisation of Merseyside Police buildings

Bebington Police Accommodation, which had been completely closed and empty since 3rd November 2013 has undergone an extensive refurbishment by Wates Smartspace to bring it back into use by Merseyside Police.

On 19th July 2016, Merseyside’s Police Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, and Chief Constable, Andy Cooke, were joined by the leader of Wirral Council, Cllr Phil Davies to officially get work underway. The ceremonial turning of the first sod began a five month project to transform and modernise the station so it can become a working police station once again.

The station underwent an extensive refurbishment by Wates Smartspace and now houses 74 police officers, Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and Special Constables, with an interview suite to allow officers to meet with members of the public on an appointment basis.

The project also saw a new car park and lift installed, new power, data, heating and ventilation systems put in place and landscaping carried out around the building. Structural alterations were also carried out inside to ensure the station is fit for purpose with existing partitions being removed to provide a more open-plan working space.

The refurbished station is an integral part of the Commissioner’s 10-year strategy to modernise Merseyside Police’s buildings and facilities, while working to reduce the annual running costs of the estate by an estimated £2.5m.

The project provided a fantastic opportunity for students, trainees and apprentices who were keen to work in the construction industry to get involved.

Two students who worked on placement for the duration of the project have now been offered full time employment upon completion of their studies. Twelve trainees gained 18.7 weeks of construction experience, exceeding the NWCH target of four weeks. There were also 8 apprentices on the project who clocked up 97 weeks of experience.

The Bebington project achieved a CCS score of 40, earning the construction team a ‘Performance beyond Compliance’ certificate.

As the first major refurbishment under the Commissioner’s plan, Bebington Police Station has set the benchmark for future projects.

Other achievements included:

  • Fair payment – achieved
  • Local labour – 52%
  • Education Activities – 1
  • Community Engagement – 4 community activities completed, exceeding the target of 1.2
  • Carbon reduction – achieved
  • Employment Activities – 1
  • Apprentice weeks- 97 wks
  • Work placements – 2
  • Training weeks – 18 wks
  • Health and safety – no RIDDORs
  • Waste diverted from landfill – 98%
  • BIM – Level 2 achieved
  • CCS – score 40
  • On programme
  • On budget

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