An exciting new £6.8m development is taking shape at the site of the former Berkeley Nuclear Power Station.

Work on the Sabrina Centre police training and conference facility started last September and the first intake of recruits will be welcomed in May.

The project is the vision of Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Martin Surl who acquired a 150-year lease on the building rent-free for £600,000 from the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency.

Mr Surl said: “I had a chance recently to drop in and see how work is progressing and I’m delighted to say that it’s coming together well and remains on track and on budget.

“This is a very exciting project for both my office and the Constabulary but also, I hope, for Berkeley.”

“We’re fortunate to have such an attractive setting in which to train our staff and offer conference facilities, and we look forward to welcoming many new visitors to the area”.

The Sabrina Centre – named after the mythical goddess of the River Severn – will be a state-of-the-art, eco-friendly resource, to be used mainly by Gloucestershire Constabulary for the majority of its training requirements, but which will also be made available to other forces and agencies with their own training needs, or any group or organisation in the county simply needing a place to meet.

The two-storey former laboratory building will have a conference venue, multiple meeting and lecture rooms, a canteen, gym, parade ground and parking for around 250 cars. It will:

  • replace the Constabulary’s current facilities, which are no longer fit for purpose
  • save time and money spent sending staff away for some courses
  • prepare for planned growth in the Constabulary’s frontline by more than 300 officers and staff over the next three years
  • help to generate income, recouping some of the costs of the scheme

One of the PCC’s responsibilities is to ensure public money is spent prudently and since the site was vacant, structurally sound and in good order, adapting an existing building for the Constabulary’s needs rather than constructing one from scratch was a well-judged move as it has saved several million pounds.

News of progress and future plans will be made available to residents and traders in the run-up to the opening and beyond.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) and Gloucestershire Constabulary is keen to build a good relationship between the Sabrina Centre and the town.

Anyone with comments, queries or concerns about the scheme is invited to get in touch using the contacts page on the OPCC website, or by calling 01452 754348, or by emailing pcc@gloucestershire.police.uk