Morgan Sindall is delivering country's first joint fire and police headquarters
Morgan Sindall is on-site transforming the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Headquarters in Eastleigh in a landmark project to create the first shared fire and police headquarters in England.
The refurbishment of the new Police and Fire headquarters has allowed more than 100 police staff from the Hampshire Constabulary to share the facility with their colleagues at the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS). The venture is part of a collaborative scheme to enhance their close working partnership. Morgan Sindall, along with the architecture and design team from Hampshire County Council’s Property Services, is working on behalf of HFRS and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, which is responsible for the police estate.
Morgan Sindall is currently delivering the final phase of the three phase refurbishment works to the facility on Leigh Road, which is being transformed into an open-plan modern conference centre, an enhanced training academy for HFRS as well as a tactical coordination facility allowing police, HFRS and other partner agencies to respond to incidents together.
The project team has already reconfigured the inside of the building so that each organisation has its own office areas as well as collaborative open plan spaces. Morgan Sindall has also created new kitchen areas and refurbished the current toilet facilities to accommodate the increase in occupants.
As part of an earlier phase of work on the development, the Morgan Sindall project team built a temporary accommodation block for 80 office staff which will be used until the refurbishment is completed in summer 2016. The project team also created a temporary car park, which will be used whilst more reconfiguration works take place.
Councillor Chris Carter, Chairman of the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority, said: "We are proud of the collaborative work with our partners across Hampshire that helps keep our communities safer and this shared headquarters again shows us to be a national leader in innovative partnership work.
"We are also welcoming police teams in many of our fire stations across the county in order to further enhance the value we provide for residents and the close work of our teams."
Michael Lane, Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I am delighted to see that Hampshire is already leading the way in collaborative working between the police and fire and rescue services. Working more closely together will benefit residents by keeping them safer, while being cost effective.”
Tim Elliott, Fareham business area manager at Morgan Sindall, said: “We’re pleased to be making such good progress on this important scheme which has enabled Hampshire Fire and Rescue and Hampshire Constabulary to join forces and maximise resources through the sharing of their headquarters. The renovated facility is the nerve centre for the constabulary and fire service in Hampshire, acting as a first-class, modern head office for both units.”
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