9 April 2019
Surrey Police is moving to a new headquarters in Leatherhead. To support that move, WYG has provided multidisciplinary services in the last year to enable a more central operational hub in Surrey to meet modern policing challenges.
Located nearby the M25 highway and local railway station, the 10-acre former Electrical Research Association (ERA) and Cobham Industries site on Cleeve Road has been bought to replace the current HQ at Mount Browne, Guildford, as well as housing the Roads Policing Unit, Tactical Firearms Unit, and teams currently based at Working and Reigate Police Stations. Neighbourhood Policing Teams will continue operating from all eleven boroughs.
To help Surrey Police’s HQ find its new home, our team provided a feasibility review and architectural layouts of the ERA site. Under a comprehensive site review, we also provided services within transport, ecology, geo-environment, planning, project management, cost consultancy, and NALO (Noise, Air, Light and Odour).
With the current site buildings having degraded and grown costly to manage and maintain, their disposal is expected to deliver great long-term savings. Proceeds from the sale of the old site will also fund a significant portion of the new £20.5m base, which is expected to be operational in roughly four to five years.
Dave Corbin, Head of Project Management at WYG, said: “This project is one of many we have undertaken for Surrey Police that will create a modern working environment for its staff. I’m very proud of our team’s delivery of a fully coordinated, value-led multidisciplinary suite of services within a tight timeframe.”
Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro said: “The search for a new site has been long and complex so I am delighted we have now completed the deal and can start making detailed plans that will shape the future of policing in this county.”
“The most important factor for me is that we provide value for money and deliver an even better service to the public. We have looked carefully at the budget for the project and even taking into account the inevitable relocation costs involved, I am satisfied this investment will provide savings in the long-term.”
“A police force’s most valuable asset is of course the officers and staff that work around the clock to keep our county safe and this move will provide them with a much better working environment and support.”
Temporary Chief Constable Gavin Stephens added: “Our changes in location will not alter how we respond to, work with, and consider ourselves a part of, Surrey’s many communities. These plans reflect our ambition to be an outstanding force and our commitment to providing high quality policing in the heart of our communities.”