MID-Ulster construction firm Henry Brothers has delivered a new joint headquarters for Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service.
The three-storey building at Sherwood Lodge in Arnold contains shared office space, conference rooms, a new multi-agency strategic and tactical control room, a new police control room, new training classrooms, a sports hall, gymnasium and canteen.
Other key features include the completion of a new circular access road, the installation of an outdoor exercise trail for staff and a joint memorial garden dedicated to the memory of staff from both organisations who have died in service.
The building was constructed on time and on budget by lead contractor Henry Brothers, with all the work taking place during the pandemic.
Senior officers from both services welcomed a small number of guests to the site to mark the key handover of the new build and the formal adoption of the wider site.
Ian Taylor, managing director of Henry Brothers Midlands, said: “We were incredibly proud to have been selected to build this facility for our emergency services, supporting many jobs on the site and in the wider local supply chain. It will play an important role in supporting the Nottinghamshire community in the future.”
Toby Neal, vice chair of Nottinghamshire and City of Nottingham Fire and Rescue Authority, said: “It’s an impressive building with impressive working space, that is going to bring closer working between Nottinghamshire Police and the Fire & Rescue Service.
“The benefits will be closer working, but also better use of finances and resources. The organisations work closely to protect the public, and that’s the most important thing. Anything that improves their working together is good.”
Henry Brothers Midlands - part of the Henry Group, which comprises a number of manufacturing and construction sector companies ranging from external construction through to interiors fit-out - began work on site during summer 2020.
Other members of the construction team on the joint headquarters project for the emergency services included Gleeds for project management, cost consultancy and M&E services, YMD Boon as architect, and civil and structural engineering firm HWA.