Wates Smartspace has hosted a sod cutting ceremony at Bebington Police Station to officially mark the start of works on the five month projectto transform and modernise the station, which has been closed since November 2013.
Representatives from Wates were joined by senior officials including Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy, Chief Constable AndyCooke and leader of Wirral Council, Cllr Phil Davies.
Wates was appointed in May 2016 through the North West Construction Hub to undertake extensive refurbishment works at the station. Theproject will see a new car park and lift installed, new power, data, heating and ventilation systems put in place and landscaping carried out. Internal structural alterations will also be made to ensure the station is fit for purpose.
Once completed, Bebington Police Station will house 74 police officers, Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and Special Constables.
This is the first major refurbishment under the Merseyside Police Commissioners 10-year strategy to modernise Merseyside Polices estate and to reduce annual running costs by £2.5m. Once completed, it will set the benchmark for future projects.
Sara Dewar, Key Account Director, Wates Smartspace, commented:
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Police Commissioner for Merseyside, the North West Construction Hub and key local stakeholders on this strategically important contract to bring Bebington Police Station back into service for the local community. We look forward to working closely with local suppliers and the community to keep them informed of progress and to highlight opportunities as a result of our work on this project.”