New police station opens in Devonport

Profile image for ExeCellent

By ExeCellent | Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 00:46

A NEW POLICE station has opened today (Tuesday 30 Oetober) in Devonport, six years after it was initially given the go-ahead. The £3.6m state-of-the-art building – one of the "'greenest' in the Force estate" – is being heralded as a "fantastic long-term investment in policing the Devonport area"…

Officers from neighbourhood policing, response and local investigation will make up a 147-strong workforce at the new three-storey station, which opened today at the junction of Devonport's Fore Street and Chapel Street.

In 2006 the police authority signalled that the old Devonport police premises in Marlborough Street were "unsuitable". Originally a bank constructed in the mid-1950s, the old station was unable to cope with the number of officers, many being forced to work from temporary buildings housed in the car park.

"Marlborough Street wasn't fit for purpose," said Plymouth's local policing Chief Inspector, Ian Drummond-Smith, who will move out of Marlborough Street and into the new building. "It provided us with poor quality and disjointed accommodation.

After delays in identifying a suitable site, it wasn't until May 2011 that the sale and planning went through. Main contractor Midas started work last October, with a 52-week build programme.

Like much of Plymouth, Devonport suffered heavy bombing during the Second World War. The new building's concrete foundations had to be adjusted to take huge underground voids into account.

Fortunately, no bombs were found and despite the delay, Midas handed over the building on time and within both build and overall budget.

"The officers at Devonport have waited a long time for the new station, which will be in the heart of their policing community and offer a much better standard of accommodation," says CI Ian Drummond-Smith. "This project offers a fantastic long-term investment in policing the Devonport area."

Described as one of the "'greenest' in the Force estate", the new station has a solar thermal/hot water system, underfloor heating in the ground floor locker room and a photovoltaic system for energy generation.

Devonport's new police station will be open to the public by appointment only. Although it doesn't have an enquiry office, the public will be able to speak to an officer by using a telephone at the front of the building.

      

Comments

       
max 4000 characters
        
   

Latest Stories in Devonport

       
      

Local Vouchers

       
  • Beautiful 3 bedroom family home in Manadon. £795 PCM. With on-street parking available.

    CB Property Services

    Beautiful 3 bedroom family home in Manadon. £795 PCM. Close to many local schools, 5 minute drive to the city centre and close to the A38. Spacious newly decorated house with a front and rear garden.

    Contact: 01752 349740

    Valid until: Wednesday, October 01 2014

     
  • FREE FOR 6 MONTHS Rent Guarantee and Legal Expenses Cover on all NEW Managed Rental Instructions

    Bradleys Estate Agents Ltd

    If you are looking to rent out a property, take advantage of this policy that ensures that the returns on your property investment are not damaged by non payment of rent and a costly eviction process.

    Terms: Offer only available on all new managed instructions during September 2014. Policy must be ordered within 14 days after the tenancy agreement starts. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer

    Contact: 01395 224800

    Valid until: Tuesday, September 30 2014

     
  • 2 BEDROOM HOUSE - KEYHAM

    M & L Associates - See 'Useful Information' for our current Available Properties)

    Please call M&L Associates for more information.

    Terms: Large 2 bedroom house coming soon in the Keyham area, nicely decorated. Spacious house with a small back yard. £550 pcm. Please call for full information.

    Contact: 01752421799

    Valid until: Friday, September 26 2014

     
   

Local Jobs

       
   

Search for...

       
        
Min price is bigger than Max price
        
Min price is bigger than Max price
        
Min rent is bigger than Max rent