New £24m Police 'Super-Stations' to be built in Bridgend & Merthyr
Tuesday, 7th August 2012Pick Everard has been appointed by South Wales Police to provide project management and quantity surveying services for two new Custody Centres. The two hubs set to be based in Merthyr and Bridgend could house more than 40 cells each and provide a base for CID units. They will be modelled on two existing new stations – dubbed “Bridewells” by South Wales Police – in Cardiff Bay and Swansea. It comes as proposals to close the front desks of all but eight police stations across Cardiff, Swansea and the Valleys are underway. The multidisciplinary practice was appointed through a national Scape framework to assist South Wales Police in their strategy to rationalise custody suite facilities in the region. The works will involve construction of two brand new custody centres with office accommodation, at sites in Bridgend and Merthyr Tydfil. The Bridgend Custody Centre project is proposed to start on site in September 2012 with project completion in early 2014. The programme and timetable for the Merthyr Tydfil Custody Centre is to be agreed after further discussion. Stuart Brisbane, South Wales regional lead for Pick Everard comments, “We’re extremely pleased to have secured work with such a prestigious Welsh client, which builds on our extensive police force experience. It’s also great to see the Scape framework being used in Wales so quickly after our appointment. Police chiefs say they are in the process of obtaining final costs for the two stations before putting the plans out to tender. The estimated total cost of building and fitting out the two stations as well as moving in staff is estimated to be £24m and was revealed in the force’s medium term financial strategy, agreed at a meeting of the South Wales Police Authority. Funding will come from revenue, sales of capital held by the force – including existing police stations – and £15m of borrowing.