The opening of the new joint police and fire headquarters came a step closer this week (Monday, August 3) when a ground breaking ceremony took place at the site.
The ceremony celebrates the start of the construction work on the shared headquarters which will provide a more cost effective building for both blue light services.
The building will house mainly the administrative functions for both organisations.
The ceremony, with its symbolic first cut of the spade, was attended by Derbyshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles, Chair of Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Authority, Roland Hosker, Chief Executive for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service Joy Smith, Derbyshire Constabulary's Director of Finance and Business Services Terry Neaves and Hardyal Dhindsa, Derbyshire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner.
Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles said: “This building will provide a fresh, modern and efficient environment for staff from both organisations to work.
“The current headquarters of both organisations are out-dated, in need of refurbishment, and have increasing maintenance and heating costs. This new building is a cost-effective solution that embraces a collaborative approach between local public services. In turn, this will provide efficiencies that will help to close the long-term funding gap.
Director of Finance and Business Services for Derbyshire Constabulary Terry Neaves said: “Both organisations currently have old HQ buildings that are fragmented and have increasing maintenance and heating costs that are no longer suitable for cost-effective and collaborative working.
“By sharing the new building with our colleagues in Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service it will allow us to share the costs of construction and maintenance. We will also benefit from being able to work more closely with them.”
The sale of the Fire and Rescue Service HQ, currently at Littleover, Derby will help fund the Fire and Rescue Authority’s contribution to the new build along with a grant from the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Chief Executive for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service Joy Smith said: “This project is progressing well and when complete in 2016 will see greater collaboration between our two organisations, to improve both interoperability and efficiency.”
Councillor Roland Hosker, Chair of Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Authority said: “The building provides an opportunity for both emergency service organisations to work more closely together and make further efficiencies to close their long term funding gap.”
Regional Director for Bowmer and Kirkland Gary Bradley said: “We were awarded the contract in May and since then we have been eager to start working with the new venture team.”
Mr Charles and Councillor Roland Hosker signed the contract in May on behalf of the DPFP Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) which has been set up by the police and fire service to manage the project and the ongoing ownership of the joint headquarters.
The LLP is responsible for awarding all contracts associated with the new police and fire headquarters.
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Posted on Tuesday 4th August 2015