Work starts on new West Division Police Headquarters in Blackpool7 December, 2016
Construction work has begun on the creation of a new, state-of-the-art police headquarters in Blackpool.
Contractors have moved onto the former Progress House site on Clifton Road, which will replace Bonny Street Police Station when it is complete in 2018.
The new building will be the headquarters for the county’s West Division, which covers Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre, Lancaster and Morecambe.
Close to the M55, the building will provide a base for some of the local policing and immediate response teams as well as a public enquiry desk, investigations hub and 42 custody cells. It will also house a range of specialist teams serving the whole of the division.
Chief Supt Stuart Noble, Divisional Commander for Lancashire Constabulary’s West Division, said: “This is a milestone moment for policing in Blackpool – one which we feel will ultimately help us to provide a better quality of service to the public.
“Once complete the new building will see a massive improvement to our working environment, providing vital support to officers and staff who deliver frontline services to keep the area safe.
“I want to reassure Blackpool residents that we will retain a visible town centre presence. We will have a new public enquiry desk – as well as a base for the town centre policing team – at the council’s Municipal Buildings.”
The investment, which is the biggest in the force’s history, is being funded as part of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s (PCC’s) capital programme.
Lancashire PCC Clive Grunshaw said: “It is great to see our vision for the future coming to life. The new Headquarters will serve Fylde coast residents and police officers well for decades to come.
“This investment is not just great for the police but will also have a positive impact on the community and the local economy. Throughout the project, there will be opportunities for local suppliers to get involved and we are also providing apprenticeship opportunities in the area.”