Construction work has started on the new £8m-plus Humberside Police facility at the Melton West Business Park in East Yorkshire.
The centre, being developed by Wykeland Group, will house specialist police teams and support staff as well as a joint Humberside Police and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service workshop.
Construction is expected to take around eight months with the facility becoming operational in the Autumn of 2014. PDR Construction, based at Saxon Way, Hessle, has been appointed main contractor.
Melton West is being developed by the Hull-based property specialist, the Wykeland Group, and is already home to some of the region’s best known brands, including Heron Foods, Allam Marine, House of Townend, the US shower manufacturer Kohler Mira, and hygiene and workwear specialist Needlers Limited.
Situated adjacent to the A63 and nine miles west of Hull, it provides fast access to the city and its port complex and, via the motorway, links to the rest of the UK.
Earlier this year, the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Grove, said: “This building is essential both for the future efficiency of the force and because of the financial savings it will deliver. Melton was chosen because it is at the centre of the Humberside Force area and very close to the road network.”
The new building is said to be a key part of the Force’s estates strategy, allowing a series of moves from congested sites, the relocation of officers and staff from Queens Gardens and Tower Grange police stations in Hull and generating estate savingsof an estimated £200,000 a year.
Grant Edmondson, Head of Asset Management at the Wykeland Group, said the police presence at Melton was another major step forward in the on-going development of a regionally significant business park. He added: “Melton West is a 100-acre, mixed use site for manufacturing, warehousing and offices and has already attracted some major names. Work started on the park in 2008 and to date, more than 600,000sqft of high quality business space has been successfully delivered.”