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OPCC to occupy vacant space at police headquarters

As part of ongoing efficiency savings, Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner is moving office.

OPCC CEO Andrew White
OPCC CEO Andrew White

In 2016 Tony Hogg and his team will leave privately rented offices in Exeter, inherited from the former police authority, and move into vacant and unused space at police headquarters at Middlemoor.

The new space is also slightly smaller than the current premises.

The lease on the OPCC's base at Pynes Hill runs out in 2016, and Mr Hogg is taking that opportunity to further reduce OPCC running costs, which in 2016 will become lower thanspent by the police authority in its final year.

There will be an initial cost to update and equip the vacant space at Middlemoor, but with annual rental savings of up to £100,000, the longer term financial benefits are significant.

With policing budgets under increasing pressure, this move makes undeniable financial sense. Over the next 10 years it will save approximately £500,000 - money that Mr Hogg can make available to the chief constable to help protect front line policing.

"The police force is being asked to make big savings, and the police and crime commissioner's office is determined to play a part in that too," said OPCC Chief Executive Andrew White.

"It make no sense whatsoever to keep paying out substantial rent for a self contained commercial office when vacant space is available within Middlemoor. We would be failing the public if we continued this arrangement and took resources away from the police."

The work / cost will include:

  •  Demolition, including internal walls and a dummy waiter lift shaft 
  • The construction of partitions for the new office / meeting room space including the new door sets associated with the same
  • Ceiling, wall and floor finishes
  • IT, telecoms and power upgrades
  • Mechanical and electrical renewal / upgrades 

            (Note: a significant proportion of the cost will be in the services works)  

  • Migration fees
  • Professional fees e.g. Designer, Quantity Surveyor, Employers Agent   

 The final costs cannot be defined until a competitive quote process has taken place using suitable firms.