• Gloucestershire Constabulary’s new training and conference centre has won Silver in a coveted public sector awards ceremony.
  • The Sabrina Centre was built on a disused nuclear power station site and was awarded the silver award in the IESE national public service transformation awards for Asset Management and Regeneration
  • The building was officially opened with a virtual appearance by Home Secretary Priti Patel in October 2020
  • Representatives from Gloucestershire Constabulary and OPCC attended the event in London.

 

Just one year after its official opening, Gloucestershire Constabulary’s training and conference centre has won a national award.

Built on the site of the disused nuclear power station at Berkeley, the Sabrina Centre was awarded silver in the regeneration category of the iESE Public Sector Transformation awards.

It is the second time the OPCC has been recognised by the iESE after the Commissioner’s Fund was named Police Service of the Year in 2018.

OPPC Chief Exec Richard Bradley said, “The need to provide our new recruits and existing staff with modern learning and development opportunities was critical as the existing provision was no longer fit for purpose.

“The former PCC, Martin Surl, identified the disused laboratory accomodation at the former Nuclear Power station, Berkeley and a major refurbishment programme commenced resulting in what is now an outstanding learning and development facility, the Sabrina Centre.

“This was delivered through effective partnership working with the Constabulary, and is admired and appreciated by all who visit and use the centre”.

The state of the art training centre was officially opened with a virtual appearance by Home Secretary Priti Patel and in person by Policing Minister Kit Malthouse MP in October 2020.

It’s also the second time the Sabrina Centre has been recognised in the awards, which are open to all public bodies in the UK; the accolade is so prestigious in the public sector world, they’re sometimes called the public service ‘Oscars’.

Vicki Heselton is Head of Estates and Support Services for Gloucestershire Constabulary, and said: “The project team were tasked with turning a former nuclear laboratory into a state of the art, learning, development and conference facility and were given a tight construction timeline and budget.

“This facility was primarily to be used by the Constabulary to meet the specific requirements of the new Police training programme, then additionally for other community groups, other Police Forces (regionally or nationally) and the third sector. The facility has delivered this ambition and exceeded it. It has been a privilege for myself and the team to deliver this project to such a high standard and for it be recognised at a national level.”

There were a total of 200 bids submitted across the 12 categories which celebrate public sector innovation and transformation. The iESE Public Sector judges made a virtual visit to the Sabrina Centre in March 2021 and awarded the Constabulary and OPCC at a ceremony in London on Wednesday 8 September 2021.

You can find out more about the Sabrina Centre at: gloucestershire-pcc.gov.uk/sabrina+centre