Willmott Dixon nabs £18m Bedfordshire cell block

Aaron Morby 3 years ago
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Willmott Dixon has secured another blue-light project this time to deliver an £18m custody suite for Bedfordshire Police.

New custody suite was secured through the Scape framework
New custody suite was secured through the Scape framework

Procured through the Scape National Construction framework, the new facility will include a 22-cell custody block, offices for police and staff.

Located at the force’s Kempston headquarters, the custody suite will replace a temporary variant and is the first major building commissioned at the site since 2005.

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.”

Chris Tredget, managing director of Willmott Dixon in London and the East, said: “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.”

Willmott Dixon’s experience of building facilities for the emergency services includes recently handing over a custody centre and operational hub in Exeter for Devon and Cornwall Constabulary and a combined campus for Lincolnshire Fire, Police and Ambulance services. 

Projects currently being built include the delivery of a £20m control centre in Hull for Humberside Police and the £37m new headquarters for Merseyside Police in Liverpool.

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