As part of a competition-winning partnership, our civil and structural engineering, geo-environmental, and M&E teams developed a scheme that provides a modern and flexible working environment for Derbyshire’s combined police and fire services headquarters.
The new £14m building forges closer links between the Fire and Rescue Service and Derbyshire Constabulary, creating an adaptable and technologically advanced working environment and providing significant cost savings for both services.
Drawing on our experience from previous projects for both the police and fire services, our input was invaluable to optimise the shared facilities and develop a scheme that met all the authorities’ requirements. An 80,000ft2 open plan design houses 550 staff on a highly flexible grid system that allows for easy amendment of the internal layout. The integration of structure and services maximises floor-to-ceiling heights, which, together with a central atrium space, promotes a healthy internal environment and an efficient structure.
The energy-efficient design incorporates Sustainable Urban Drainage systems for rainwater disposal and extensive use of zero carbon technologies. All the works were undertaken on an operational site so demolition of the existing building and transfer of staff were carefully planned to minimise disruption. After being completed on time and within budget, the project also achieved a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating.
At the heart of this project was the realisation of economic, environmental, and social benefits. The project, delivered by locally based teams and used local construction staff, has created sustainable employment within the region. Co-locating the two services also supports the community-based aspects of their work and enhances community engagement within fire and crime prevention initiatives.