PCC Alison Hernandez outside the new Exeter Police Station
A ‘first look’ event was held as Exeter’s new station was handed over from the Police and Crime Commissioner to the Chief Constable in Devon, after the official opening of Liskeard Police Station in Cornwall.
The stations represent a £31m investment in the police estate, with much of that money being spent within local communities.
The commissioner has ownership of force estate and land and has funded and planned both new stations.
Religious leaders, police volunteers and local residents were among those invited to tour the buildings.
PCC Alison Hernandez thanked those who had worked for many years to bring the projects to fruition, as well as members of the local communities for their support.
“This is a significant investment in the police estate and will help residents feel safer and better connected to the police, which is a key part of my police and crime plan,” she said.
“Staff welfare is paramount and both stations are spacious, modern and have state-of-the art facilities which will help boost morale. They have both been designed in partnership with officers and staff. I would like to thank everyone involved who have helped ensure both buildings are fit for purpose.
“We have tried to keep disruption in both locations to a minimum during the build and measures were put in place to ensure minimal impact. I would, however, like to thank the local community and staff and officers for their patience and co-operation during both builds.
“One of our main aims was to reduce carbon dioxide emissions while redesigning new buildings in a more cost effective way, making better use of space and greener materials. I am extremely proud that the new stations achieve this aim.”
The £29 million station based on Sidmouth Road at Middlemoor in Exeter will be the new operational county headquarters for Devon. It is within the top 10% sustainable buildings in the country while the £2 million standalone station in Liskeard on Greenbank road replaces the existing station which was built in 1968 and had structural issues.
Built by contractor Wilmott Dixon, Exeter’s station will provide the public with a new and improved public enquiry office and a base for up to 500 officers whose duties range from community policing to major crime investigation.
Exeter’s existing police station in Heavitree, built in 1968, was no longer fit for purpose for staff, victims or offenders. The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPPC) is currently working with Exeter City Council to develop plans for the site in line with the council’s local plan. The public enquiry office will re-open in the new station from 8am on Wednesday, April 22.
Liskeard’s station, built by contractor Ryearch Ltd, will be a base for up to 70 officers and staff and is situated next to the Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service and South West Ambulance Foundation Trust. The building is open 24 hours and is accessible to the public by appointment only.
The new stations are part of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s estates programme which will include the rebuilding of Camborne police station and the redevelopment of Okehampton police station later in the year.