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More details of Grimsby’s £14m 36-cell custody suite revealed and a first look inside

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.

More details of Grimsby’s £14m 36-cell custody suite revealed and a first look inside

The plans for exactly how the facility - hoped to be opened by March 2019 - will look and be run by more than 170 staff members have been submitted to North East Lincolnshire Council for approval.

Humberside Police are keen to press on with their plans to construct the 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.

National firm Willmott Dixon is the principal contractor for the scheme and anticipates expressions of interest in contracting work from September, with spades in the ground in January and a handover to Humberside Police in January 2019.

For the contractor, it will be the 12th custody facility in the UK, 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to renovate the existing custody suites at Grimsby's Victoria Street station and Scunthorpe police station, which are outdated, but the force concluded that the required work would be too expensive and too difficult to facilitate.

Norr Architects have submitted almost 50 separate documents to the council as part of the planning application, having carried out extensive consultation sessions with council officers.

To reduce the risk of "vehicle attacks" on the ground-floor cells, the building would sit at least 15 metres back from Birchin Way and nearby roads.

Protection against vehicle attacks is required in front of the glazed public entrance, and instead of creating a defensive line of bollards, a large brick planter is proposed.

A high security area would sit to the rear of the custody suite, around the van dock, where detainees are escorted into the facility and discharged in a transfer vehicle. This area will be bound by a 3.2 metre high fence.

The future of Humberside Police's big vision for holding detainees in Grimsby 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.

In supporting their argument, Willmott Dixon say they will use local labour, employ apprentices and engage with local schools and colleges.

The next North East Lincolnshire Council planning meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 16.

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