An Interserve-led consortium has been appointed preferred bidder by West Yorkshire Police Authority and West Yorkshire Police to deliver two new divisional headquarters (DHQs), custody suites and a specialist operational training facility.
The consortium with Equitix, the infrastructure developer and fund manager, will design, build, finance and operate the new facilities.
The new £100m DHQs and custody facilities will be located at Elland Road in Leeds (within City and Holbeck Division) and Havertop Lane at Normanton (within Wakefield Division). These schemes will provide a modern, flexible working environment and, importantly, support West Yorkshire Police’s drive to modernise services that are provided to local communities. The new specialist operational training centre will be located on a site adjacent to the force’s Operational Support Division at Carr Gate in Wakefield and will include state-of-the-art firearms training ranges, driver and public order training facilities. Interserve will be providing support services to this project worth £47m over the 25-year life of the concession.
Financial close and the signing of the contract are expected to take place by June 2012 and construction will commence on each of the sites thereafter, to be completed in 2014. Interserve will then be responsible for the delivery of facilities management services (including cleaning, maintenance and energy management) once the buildings are completed.
Adrian Ringrose, chief executive of Interserve, said:
“Our team is really looking forward to delivering such a high profile project. It will have a major impact on the community it serves, providing modern facilities and enhancing service delivery to local people. We are committed to working closely with the community to ensure the local economy benefits from our involvement over the long term.”