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Multimillion pound plans for Barrow police station unveiled

MULTIMILLION pound plans for a new police station in Barrow have been unveiled today.

EM New Barrow police station mock up

The police station, due to be built on land off Andrew's Way, in Barrow, will cost £8.5m - £2m more than the figure first touted after plans were changed for 14 cells to 18 cells.

The site was chosen due to its good public transport links and easy access to both Barrow and Ulverston.

However, as part of the move Ulverston police station will close by April 2015 as part of a phased move into the new site but police chiefs vowed to keep a base in the town on a larger scale than the arrangements in Dalton and Millom.

The new station will provide a base for 270 staff over three stories, along with a separate garage at the site for maintaining the fleet.

Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes said:

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes said: “I am pleased to announce that Cumbria-based Thomas Armstrong (Construction) Ltd is the winning bidder for the contract to build a new police station at Barrow.

"People will benefit locally as well with Furness Enterprises being used to promote the local labour and supply chain.

“The overall cost of the new police station will be £8.5 million and our intention is for the police station to be operational in April 2015.

“Work is currently underway to conclude the contract formalities. Subject to final detailed planning permission, construction is expected to start on land owned by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria at Andrews Way, Barrow,in early autumn.

“The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has purchased land at Andrews Way from Cumbria County Council. Outline planning permission has been granted from Barrow Borough Council.

“The current police station is not fit for purpose and on completion of the new building it will be offered to the market for sale.”

Assistant Chief Constable Jerry Graham said: “The new facilities at Andrews Way will maintain our presence in Barrow.

“It is exciting to see details of our new area headquarters taking shape, which will provide fit for purpose custody facilities and officers and staff working in South Cumbria with the accommodation and facilities they deserve.

“The new facilities are on track to become operational in April 2015 and have been designed to fit the unique requirements of the South Territorial Policing Area and will ensure that we continue to provide a modern policing service now and in the future.”

“The new police station provides our local communities with a very visible presence and enables us to look to the future as to how we can best serve our communities.”

Work on the site will get under way in September, subject to detailed planning permission.

Have your say

Firstly to admin: I regularly visit this website and comment on issues. Whilst I appreciate "censorship", I have to say that my last two comments have not been approved. I agree with k.hardman totally. Furthermore why should the taxpayer fund a new Police Station at a cost of 8 million pounds, when Osbourne's Austerity Measures are hitting us hard.
Why is not possible to use the Grammar Schools as a modernised unit to provide facilities for the Police.
Granted there will be a substantial cost to modernise/renovate, but it will save the school from the 'wrecking ball'.

Posted by Terence Coupe on 30 June 2013 at 07:29

new police station and quite a few civilian staff given redundancy notices and more to come due to cost saving measures..which means more paperwork for police to do..crazy!!

Posted by mike on 27 June 2013 at 14:55

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