The latest piece in the new Policing jig-saw for Gloucestershire fell into place today when new offices for investigators were handed over to the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Martin Surl.
It has been a whirlwind transformation for the three storey property in Davy Way, Gloucester, previously occupied by photographic film firm Kodak, which was snapped-up by the PCC for around £1.5 million in February.
Gloucester based company Barnwood Shopfitting completed the refurbishment ahead of schedule ready for the building to go into operational use in the New Year.
Mr. Surl said,
“It’s a big upgrade on what the Constabulary had before. Bringing our investigative teams onto the Waterwells Estate makes operational sense and we’ve done it for much less money than was previously being planned
“It is a practical solution that is also cost effective.”
Jason Wood, Barnwood Shopfitting Operations Director said,
“Working with the police has been a real team effort. It’s been a very rewarding project and we are proud to have completed it on budget and ahead of time.”
The building has been re-named Prism House and has been refurbished to a higher specification, but for less money, than recommended in other plans put forward. It also means that a proposal to construct a purpose built facility on a 2.8 acre site currently owned by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) at an estimated cost of around £4m – has been been scrapped resulting in a saving to taxpayers in the region of £2.5m and the freeing-up of land for other purposes.
Work will now begin to make Prism House home to a number of the Constabulary’s investigative teams.
Securing suitable premises is part of the Commissioner’s aim of providing a secure, long-term future for the Constabulary.