Design and construction of new custody suite, office space and associated external works to provide a new Headquarters building for Bedfordshire Police.
- First major building commissioned on site since 2005
- 1,600 sqm of new office space
The new facility will include a 22-cell custody block, offices for police and staff, as well as parking and associated external works. Located at their Kempston headquarters, the new custody suite will replace a temporary variant and is the first major building commissioned at the site since 2005.
The state-of-the-art custody facility will be accompanied by around 1,600 sqm of new office space. This will allow the force to have all its investigation teams operating under one roof, which should translate into benefits around operational work and information sharing.
Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holoway, said:
“Since the old Greyfriars station in Bedford closed down because its custody suite was not fit for purpose, its replacement has been being planned. This has been a priority for me, and I’m absolutely delighted to get this build underway on my watch. This is essential as our detention staff and officers deserve to have the best working environment we can provide, and we need to remember that those in police custody have not yet gone before a court and are innocent until proven guilty.”
Chris Tredget, managing director of Willmott Dixon in London and East:
“We are delighted to build on our strong pedigree in the blue light sector to deliver a new state of the art custody suite for Bedfordshire Police. Having built similar facilities in the region, we are collaborating closely Bedfordshire Police to ensure that the facility will meet all of their requirements and needs, providing a state-of-the-art building and better environment for all.”
Work began on site in August 2020