Notts Police and Fire Department unveil new joint headquarters
A new chapter in emergency service history has been opened as Nottinghamshire Police and Fire personnel marked the official unveiling of a new joint headquarters.
Nottinghamshire Police and the Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, which already shared some resources and buildings, agreed to move to a shared headquarters site in 2018.
Construction work on a new three-storey building to help facilitate the business began in the summer of 2020 on the site of the existing police headquarters at Sherwood Lodge in Arnold.
The building, which contains shared offices, a new police control room, sports hall, gymnasium and canteen, is the centerpiece of a larger project to improve and expand the old complex built in the 1970s.
Other key developments include the addition of a new circular access road and the installation of an outdoor exercise track for staff.
The site also contains a joint memorial garden dedicated to the memory of personnel from both organizations who have died in service.
Senior officers from both services welcomed a small number of guests to the site yesterday (Thursday) afternoon to mark the handover of the new building and the formal adoption of the wider site.
Guests were able to tour the new complex and were also treated to refreshments from Pulp Friction, a Nottinghamshire-based social enterprise that will run the new purpose-built cafe on the site.
Chief Constable Craig Guildford, speaking from the newly completed parade ground at the front of the new building, said: ‘This is a really significant day in the history of both organizations and I am delighted with what has been accomplished.
“This collaborative project represents a long-term commitment to partnership and joint work between two organizations with a proud history of public service. This is great news for the public purse, all of our staff and the communities we serve in Nottinghamshire. »
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service headquarters staff will gradually move to the new site until summer 2022.
Fire Chief John Buckley said: “I am delighted to see the completion of our joint headquarters, after many months of hard work by both organisations.
“We already work closely with Nottinghamshire Police in a number of ways, so this is a fantastic opportunity to share knowledge and resources, and become more effective as services to create safer communities.”
The building was built on time and on budget by main contractor Henry Brothers limited – a particularly impressive achievement as all the work took place during the pandemic.
Toby Neal, Deputy Chairman of Nottinghamshire and the City of Nottingham Fire and Rescue Authority, said: “This is an impressive building with an impressive working space, which will bring closer collaboration between police of Nottinghamshire and the Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service.
“The benefits will be closer collaboration, but also better use of finances and resources. Agencies work closely together to protect the public, and that is most important. Anything that improves their collaboration is good.
Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry said, “Our headquarters is the newest tool in our arsenal as we fight crime across the county and will enable us to deliver 21st century policing in the Nottinghamshire. The unveiling of our new headquarters is also a testament to our partnership with the fire department, allowing us to better serve the public and save money.
Managing director of contractor Henry Brothers Midlands, Ian Taylor, said: “We are very pleased to have handed over this new joint headquarters to Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service.
“The Henry Brothers team were incredibly proud to have been selected to build this facility for our emergency services, supporting many local jobs on site and in the wider local supply chain. We are delighted to have completed a project which will play such an important role in supporting the Nottinghamshire community in the future.