A MILESTONE has been marked in the future of Harrogate’s policing as work began this week on the town’s new £18m police station.
Jane Kenyon, chairman of North Yorkshire Police Authority, and Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell cut the first turf from the site at Beckwith Knowle on Monday.
The state-of-the-art station is to replace the existing 1930s base in North Park Road, while a smaller town centre office will also be bought as a base for the 30 officers and staff who make up the town centre Safer Neighbourhood Team.
Cutting the first turf, Ms Kenyon said: “This really is a special day for the authority, force and the communities we serve - not just in Harrogate but across the whole county - who will benefit from this long overdue addition to the force’s estate.
“It has taken a tremendous amount of planning and hard work to get to this significant point, and I want to put on record my thanks to all who have been involved to date and to those in the future.”
Mr Maxwell added: “I am delighted that we are starting the construction phase of this project, which will provide Harrogate with a 21st century police station and will enable us to continue to provide a high-quality policing service to local communities in the years to come.”
The three-storey building is to make the most of modern building methods, with green technology, solar panels, and air source heat pumps will be used to provide heating or cooling.
It will provide working space for around 200 officers and staff, a 16-cell custody suite, two vehicle docks and a separate reception area for members of the public.
The station will be built by GB Building Solutions and is due to be completed by Spring 2012.
The cost of the whole project, including purchase of the land, design, construction, moving and fixtures and fittings, is just under £18m.