Merseyside Police’s new headquarters – Rose Hill – opens today

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MERSEYSIDE’s new state-of-the-art new police headquarters officially opens today.

Keys to Rose Hill will be given to Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell and Chief Constable Serena Kennedy of construction company Willmott Dixon during a completion ceremony for the new £ 48million headquarters on Cazneau Street Liverpool.

Bringing more than 1,100 officers and law enforcement personnel under one roof, Rose Hill will act as the flagship Merseyside Police base at a key gateway to the city center overlooking Scotland Road and the Queensway Tunnel, while helping to regenerate the Everton area.

Work will now begin on all 650 police officers and staff from the existing headquarters on Canning Place as well as 350 from an office in Brunswick Dock and 100 from Lower Lane Station across to the four-story flagship police center and a separate annex that has a purpose-built forensic facility Facility houses.

It will be the base for the Merseyside Police chief officer team, as well as the teams supporting corporate support and development, ICT, finance, the corporate assets team, and the news and communications team.

Once the move is fully completed, it will save the force about £ 250,000 in operating costs annually.

It is also hoped that a large portion of the cost of the new headquarters will be amortized through the sale of the former HQ Canning Place, which has been called “the best regeneration option in the country”.

Construction on the 8-acre site began in September 2019 after Merseyside’s former Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy and former Chief Constable Andy Cooke QPM broke ground on the wasteland adjacent to the force’s existing station in St. Anne. had made road.

Jane will meet the Commissioner and Chief Constable today for the official handover ceremony at which Anthony Dillon, Managing Director of Willmott Dixon, will hand over the keys to the building. The event is also an opportunity to thank the team that worked so hard to deliver the building.

Merseyside Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell said, “It is absolutely fantastic to be here today to officially welcome the spectacular new Merseyside Police Headquarters, Rose Hill.

“Despite the challenges posed by Covid-19, this state-of-the-art building was brought to life in just two years and was handed over on time and on budget.

“This is a real achievement and shows the hard work and determination of the team.

“This much-needed center will be a real asset to the Merseyside Police Department, ensuring the force is ready now and in the future to fight crime, and providing officials and staff with the facilities and equipment to do so effectively and work as efficiently as possible to keep our communities safe. ”

Serena Kennedy, Chief Constable of the Merseyside Police Department, said, “Rose Hill is an absolutely amazing building, specially built to meet the needs of a modern day police force, faced with the demand, complexity and challenges faced by officers and staff faced every day.

“While the building is a huge investment, it will allow Merseyside Police to make long-term savings. It will also bring together teams currently based across Merseyside, which makes our workflows more efficient and effective, both indoors and outdoors. ”Facilities also offer tremendous benefits to the health and wellbeing of the employees who work and visit there.

“Moving our headquarters to Rose Hill means the Merseyside Police Department can continue to provide excellent service, putting our community’s needs first in everything we do.”

Rose Hill has been funded in part from capital allocated to the armed forces buildings in accordance with the Prudential Code for Capital Finance and in part borrowed from authorized sources. This money is completely separate from and cannot be diverted into the funds used to pay Merseyside Police officers and staff.

More than £ 33 million of the money spent on the project was invested by local businesses within a 20 mile radius of Rose Hill.

The new headquarters is named after a former police station called Rose Hill Bridewell, which operated on the site from 1849 to August 1977.

There is also a memorial garden on the site dedicated to officers who gave their lives in public service.

The building has been designed to the latest energy efficiency standards, including LED lighting throughout the building and 260 solar panels on the roof to ensure the most economical operation possible.

There are also 500 parking spaces, an external fitness studio, a running track and an outdoor seating area on the premises, while 96 trees have been planted on the premises.

Anthony Dillon, Managing Director of Willmott Dixon in the North, said, “We are very proud to be handing over these new state-of-the-art facilities to the Merseyside Police Department, providing a quality, affordable work environment to ensure officers and staff are equipped. ” to serve the people of Merseyside now and in the future. ”


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