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Emerging £14m custody suite has a spring 2019 release date

WORK to construct the new £14 million custody suite on Birchin Way is on track to be completed by the end of the year.

Emerging £14m custody suite has a spring 2019 release date

The former Bass brewery site is being transformed into a two-storey custody suite capable of looking after 36 detainees.

Humberside Police aims to have the facility operational by spring next year.

The contract being carried out for the Force by Hertfordshire-based Willmott Dixon has created in the region of 150 jobs during the construction phase. The contract began on November 6 last year.

A spokesman for Willmott Dixon said construction of the two-storey steel-framed building consists of brickwork and metal cladding external walls with in situ concrete floors.

It will provide a 36-cell custody suite, office accommodation, property store, car parking and external landscaping on the 18,000 square-metre site.

It is expected to have a facility for detectives to interview detainees as well as a property store and ancillary office for around 170 staff on Birchin Way. The new custody suite will replace cells at both Scunthorpe and Grimsby police stations. Grimsby Police Station on Victoria Street is now undergoing a review to see if it has the capacity to house a dog section, traffic department, an armoury and gym, as increasing numbers of officers will be based there.

The development will have parking to meet the peak demand of all the teams based on site, together with visiting operational vehicles.

The floor area for the offices is 2,660 square metres and the floor area for the custody part of the building is just under 1,000 square metres. At the time the custody suite was granted planning approval by North East Lincolnshire Council, South Bank Commander, Chief Superintendent, Christine Wilson said: “This offers us a real opportunity to have the very best facilities to process prisoners to meet the needs of the criminal justice system, bringing justice to victims.

“We recognise that there will be consequences of the location of the suite such as additional travelling time from some parts of North Lincolnshire, and are working hard to understand what this means for the public and for our staff. We will work to mitigate any issues with additional staff and enhanced transport arrangements once the extent of the impacts are known.”

Willmott Dixon have recently completed custody facilities at Barnsley, Sheffield and Blackpool and are currently on site at Lincoln.

The city will soon have a new £18 million joint fire service and ambulance service command centre and shared headquarters.

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