projectNorth Tyneside Police Headquarters

locationWallsend, Tyne and Wear, UK


images© Kristen McCluskie

Desco delivered the MEP services design and consultancy for this multiple award-winning project to provide a new area command headquarters complex for the Northumbria Police Authority in North Tyneside.

This was the first new police station to be built for Northumbria Police for ten years. The aim of the project was to deliver a facility which fully supports a community-focused policing strategy and set new standards for excellent policing accommodation well into the 21st century.

The state-of-the-art development, designed to meet Home Office design standards, is used as an operational facility for a police area command, accommodating approximately 300 people - including neighbourhood police teams, senior management team, CID, admin support staff, major incident unit, scientific support team.

The building consists of single and three storey accommodation with an overall floor area of approximately 9000m², providing mostly open plan office accommodation, a 40 cell custody suite with all associated search and evidence facilities, conference and training facilities, property storage, scientific support office areas with workshops and vehicle facilities.

Key objectives for the new development included achievement of BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating and also meeting stringent security requirements demanded by a development of this nature. We played a key part in achieving the most energy efficient solution, building form, façade and glazing ratios by making extensive use of computer modelling techniques. Our in-house modelling specialists were involved from the earliest possible stage in the project enabling to explore a number of alternative options at conceptual stage before reaching the most appropriate and efficient design.

The completed project has achieved acclaim by various awarding bodies including the RIBA, RICS, Constructing Excellence, LABC Building Excellence and the British Council for Offices.

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