Grimsby to get UK’s first off-the-shelf custody suite
21st September 2017
Grimsby's new custody suite will be the country's first off-the-shelf cell block.
It will be the first Willmott Dixon CODE project – which stands for Custody, Options, Designed & Engineered.
CODE has three models: Alpha providing up to 28 cells, Bravo up to 36 cells, which is the model that will be installed in Grimsby, and Charlie for forces that require more than 36 cells.
More details have been revealed about Grimsby's £14 million custody suite as Humberside Police submit a planning application for the 36 cell state-of-the-art building.
A planning application was submitted to North East Lincolnshire Council last month for the new building, which will take over a significant part of the brownfield former brewery distribution site at Birchin Way, by the A180.
The holding site will sit alongside the recently built Wickes and existing fast food outlets McDonald’s and KFC on the West Marsh.
It will be built over two floors, replacing custody suites in Grimsby and Scunthorpe and there will be a reception area, two police team offices and interview and counsel rooms.
For the contractor, it will be the 12th custody facility in the UK, but Grimsby's will be the first off-the-shelf CODE design, with a public entrance of brick block work, becoming a pre-cast concrete cell arrangement in radial spoke model, with a pre-cast concrete lid.
Humberside Police initially explored options to renovate the existing custody suites at Grimsby's Victoria Street station and Scunthorpe police station, which are outdated, but the force concluded that the required work would be too expensive and too difficult to facilitate.
The decision is now in the hands of planners at North East Lincolnshire Council, who will have the final say on whether or not it can be built.
Examples of the types of custody cells that the new South Bank facility would be home to
In supporting their argument, Willmott Dixon say they will use local labour, employ apprentices and engage with local schools and colleges.
Procured under Scape Group’s major works framework, the firm is now carrying out pre-construction work.
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