Topping out ceremony at the new Police HQ
A traditional topping out ceremony at the construction site of the new Durham Constabulary Headquarters at Aykley Heads was held today, marking the last concrete ‘pour’ going into the top level of the main structure.
The 5,650 square-metre headquarters is being built on land adjacent to the current headquarters. The new building is set for handover in summer 2014 and will house over 600 staff. Other staff currently working at Aykley Heads are due to move to stations across the force area next year and to a new warehouse/workshop building at Whitehouse Way, Peterlee.
The construction of the new HQ began on site in March 2013 and is being built by Kier Construction with Ryder being the Architect. It will house a state-of-the-art communications centre and support functions in open plan offices set around a central atrium, over 3 floors.
The ceremony marked transition to the next construction phase, namely making the building weather-tight before winter, when interior construction can continue.
Attendees at today’s ceremony included; Chief Constable Mike Barton, Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg, Managing Director of Kier Construction Scotland, Brian McQuade plus other senior members of staff from the construction company. Also in attendance were staff representatives from Durham Constabulary and staff from the design team.
Michelle March, Durham Constabulary’s Head of Estates commented: “Today’s ceremony marks a major milestone in the building of Durham Police’s new HQ. It signifies the ongoing hard work of my team, the designers, architects and builders. I look forward to the relocation of staff into the building and it becoming operational next year.”
Ron Hogg, Durham Police and Crime Commissioner said: “This has been a tremendous development initiative which will provide a new bespoke facility for officers and staff, whilst saving about £0.7m in running costs”.
The new building will replace the Constabulary’s existing HQ which constructed in 1968, is expensive to maintain and adapt. The new facility will provide a flexible, efficient and environmentally friendly workplace suitable for the ever changing requirements of modern policing.
Posted on Tuesday 17th December 2013