A new state-of-the-art headquarters for Lancashire Constabulary's West Division is being built on Clifton Road in Blackpool and is due to be completed in 2018.
It will be built on the former Progress House site and it will replace Bonny Street Police Station, which is no longer fit for purpose.
What facilities will be based at the new headquarters?
The new building, close to the M55, will accommodate staff who are currently based at Bonny Street. It will provide a base for local neighbourhood policing and immediate response teams, as well as a public enquiry desk, investigations hub and 42 custody cells. It will also include a range of specialist teams serving the whole of the Fylde coast as well as Lancaster and Morecambe.
Why do we need a new headquarters?
Bonny Street Police Station is simply no longer fit for purpose. It is out-of-date and does not meet modern policing requirements.
It will see a massive improvement to the working environment for our officers and staff and it will ultimately allow us to provide a better quality of service to the public.
Will the move impact on policing in the town centre?
We will retain a visible town centre presence at Blackpool Council's Municipal Buildings, which will include a public enquiry desk and space for the local policing team working in the area.
- The investment is the biggest in the force's history.
- The new building will boast energy saving features including solar power panels and rainwater harvesting.
- 75 per cent of the project spend will be with small and medium sized enterprises.
- 20 per cent of the local spend and labour for the project will be within a ten mile radius. And 40 per cent will be within a 40 mile radius.
- The new headquarters will be constructed with modern materials suitable for the coastal environment.