Home to police dogs, firearms teams, collision investigators and response units, one of Gloucestershire’s largest operational policing centres will be completely transformed if new plans are approved later this year.
Brand-new artist’s impression images of Gloucestershire Constabulary’s Bamfurlong site are now available to view, as the Cheltenham development reaches its final planning stages.
It’s hoped the significant restoration will make the site fit for modern-day policing, provide a better use of space and will positively enhance the wellbeing of officers and staff working there.
Now, the Commissioner and Constabulary are asking for public feedback on the latest plans, before submitting them to planning teams for final approval, later this year.
Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Martin Surl promised to look into the viability of redeveloping the site in his Police and Crime Plan, to ensure that future generations of Gloucestershire residents are “safe and serviced by a good and well-resourced police service.” The development also supports Mr Surl’s commitment to ‘A Green and Pleasant County’ by redeveloping an old site within the Constabulary estate.
The new Operations Centre will help ensure that Gloucestershire Constabulary delivers an enhanced service to local communities as it keeps them safe from harm. It will enable the Force to meet the OPCC’s commitment to providing an effective estate and the Government’s expectation that the Constabulary makes the relevant infrastructure improvements needed to recruit officers, as part of its national uplift programme.
Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl said, “The site has been in urgent need of redevelopment for some years. Our plan is to transform it into an enhanced asset for the Constabulary and OPCC for generations to come.
“A number of the Constabulary’s buildings have already been improved on my watch and all of it at a level of affordability. Bamfurlong is no exception as by adapting the original plans, we have been able to reduce the final estimated cost by more than £10 million.
“Most important of all, it will not only improve the service the Constabulary is able to provide to the public but will also meet our commitment to ‘A green and pleasant county’ by using a brownfield site and reducing environmental impact”.
Despite being an extensive redevelopment project, Mr Surl has saved more than £10 million compared to initial plans, to maintain a level of affordability. Estimated costs currently sit at £12 million, with savings achieved through a decision to modernise a structurally sound vehicle workshop on the site rather that demolish it.
Chief Constable Rod Hansen said: “I fully support these plans and would like to thank all the staff who have been working on them.
“Bamfurlong is of critical importance to us as it provides a geographically ideal base for a range of police units and gives our teams quick and easy access to major routes in the county when responding to incidents.
“However it is in urgent need of redevelopment and it is very important we support our staff and make sure they have the best possible working environment so they can provide a great service to the public.
“Along with our new policing academy at the Sabrina Centre in Berkeley a new Bamfurlong demonstrates our commitment to continued innovation when it comes to policing the county. It will provide state of the art facilities that will optimise the organisation for policing in the 21st century but, crucially, in doing so it will ensure we can stay connected with our communities.”
If any member of the public would like to view or comment on the detailed plans, there are two ways they can contact the Constabulary.
- Those with access to a computer can email Bamfurlongplanning@gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk
- Those without access to a computer can write to Gloucestershire Constabulary Police Headquarters, No 1 Waterwells Drive, Quedgeley, Glos, GL2 2AN for the attention of Vicki Heselton, Head of Estates and Support Services.
The consultation window closes at 5pm on Friday 25 September 2020.