Hull's new police headquarters set to cost £2m less than planned
HULL'S new police headquarters is expected to cost £2 million less than planned.
Construction work at the new £29.6 million station in Clough Road is expected to be completed on time and under budget.
The building is due to be handed over to the force by contractor BAM next month.
Phil Goatley, assistant chief officer at Humberside Police, said the controversial project was expected to cost £2.2 million less than planned.
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He told a meeting of Humberside Police Authority: "We still have to agree the final contract but we do expect to bring it in under budget and we are pretty confident we can deliver a seven-figure underspend.
"As well as being probably the most up-to-date custody facility in the country, we have exceeded targets for employing local contractors and apprentices.
"To deliver an underspend against the budget as well means it is a success all round."
The station will become the new headquarters for policing in the city, replacing Queens Gardens police station, and will include a new 50-cell custody facility.
The cells in the city centre building were condemned for not being up to current Home Office guidelines several years ago.
That led to the force looking at building a new custody suite, which developed into the new station.
Ros Taylor, chairman of Humberside Police Authority, said: "There are not many major projects that come in on time and under budget, so I am very pleased.
"I know it has been expensive and it is a significant sum of money to invest but I have always taken the view that if people have the right tools to do their job, they will do a better job and that is what was needed in Hull."
The building is expected to be officially handed over to the police authority at an event next month.
Mrs Taylor, a member of the authority's Clough Road project board and the estates board said: "I have visited the site several times and it really is impressive.
"It is an amazing building that is so different from Queens Gardens. It is light and bright and there is a lot more space.
"I have seen this project develop and it has been very carefully managed, with people holding the contractor to account and making things happen on time, even with the inevitable changes that happen with such a major building project.
"It has been very carefully monitored and I have been very impressed."
Police officers and staff are expected to begin moving into the station in November, with the station due to be fully operational in January next year.
The neighbourhood policing team responsible for the city centre will be moving from Queens Gardens into a new station in February.
Work is under way to convert a former nursery at the junction of Myton Street and Osborne Street into a new police station.