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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Plans approved for £8.5m Barrow police station

Plans for an £8.5m futuristic police station have been formally approved by councillors.

Barrow police force hopes to move into its new home in Andrew’s Way by 2015, after having its application accepted by members of Barrow Borough Council’s planning committee on Tuesday.

The new state-of-the-art building will be the area base for police operations in South Cumbria, with the design of the site inspired by the town’s proud maritime heritage.

It will feature sweeping roofs to create a wave-like effect and curved steel columns to resemble the inside of a ship’s hull.

The application was submitted by Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes, with outline consent for the relocation of the station granted in 2012.

Planning officer Jason Hipkiss said: “The application arises as a result of a major restructuring of the police service in South Cumbria.

“Following a full appraisal, it was concluded that the existing site in Market Street was considered obsolete for the purpose of an area base.

“It is important that the design of the police station reflects its status as a modern public building.”

Despite having to find savings of £20m, Cumbria Constabulary said the long-term benefits of the new station would repay the big investment.

The station will be built on land which was allocated for local employment use, off Andrew’s Way, next to Walney Channel.

The building will provide a base for around 270 staff over three storeys and was chosen due to its public transport links and easy access to both Barrow and Ulverston.

The site will have three zones: a public entrance and visitor car park at the front of the building, an area at the rear of the site for staff and police vehicle parking, and an area to house dog kennels and cycle parking.

Assistant Chief Constable Jerry Graham said: “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.”

Have your say

It never ceases to amaze me how expensive public sector building contracts are. No need to strain yourself to be cost-effective - the taxpayer will foot the bill. And if they refuse to pay, they'll be invited to stay at Her Majesty's pleasure.

Posted by Rick on 8 December 2013 at 23:44

were the hells all the money coming from for this they start parks ect dont complete due to lack off funding then say there spending millions on things like this why not put the money to build somethink to keep youths outta truble!!!

Posted by annon on 8 December 2013 at 20:57

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