Police begin groundbreaking move to fire headquarters

Police begin groundbreaking move to fire headquarters

Hampshire Constabulary staff move to Eastleigh as it becomes the first shared police and fire headquarters in the country
18 November 2015

Chief Constable Andy Marsh and more than 100 Hampshire Constabulary staff will be starting their first moves in with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service colleagues at the fire headquarters from Tuesday (17 November 2015).

Force staff will start to join their blue light colleagues in Eastleigh this week, the first time in the country that a senior police team has moved into a fire headquarters. The moves come as the first phase of the building development is completed, with more work being undertaken over the coming months including the development of plans for a conference centre in the current fire appliance bay. The project is due for final completion later in 2016.

This move is part of the Police and Crime Commissioner's wider Estate Strategy to replace out of date police premises with modern fit for purpose buildings at no extra cost to the tax payer. It is the first time in the country that a senior police team have moved into a fire headquarters.

The building on Leigh Road in Eastleigh has been redeveloped over the last six months to accommodate the police officers and staff, who will join fire staff already located at the headquarters.

This is the third significant estates development for Hampshire Constabulary in the last two months, with the start of construction of a new Police Investigation Centre for the North of the county in October and police staff and police station front office recently moving to a new Operational Headquarters in Winchester.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Simon Hayes commented on the move: "In 2013 I took the decision to review the way buildings and property were managed across Hampshire Constabulary and developed a strategy to manage the estate going forward. I firmly believe it is important to have a modern, efficient and appropriate working environment and quite simply, it is a waste to spend money on old buildings that are not fit for purpose.

"This move into the new headquarters provides a unique shared working environment that develops stronger partnership working as well an environment that is fit for modern policing. This has all been achieved at on extra cost to the tax payer and contributes towards savings of up to £3million to be put back into supporting front line policing across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight."

Chief Constable, Andy Marsh also commented on this relocation: "This relocation into a shared headquarters reinforces the already strong partnership with have with our colleagues in Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and we are proud to be the first police force to do this in the country. This is one of many moves and developments across the police estate where we are moving into shared locations with partners which is helping us to continue working in the heart of the community in a more efficient way."

Dave Curry, Chief Officer for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Working side by side with the police will allow us to strengthen our excellent working relationship and I am delighted to be welcoming them to Eastleigh.

"Working in collaboration with our colleagues across other agencies is a fundamental part of how we now work and how we will continue to keep residents safe across Hampshire."

Chris Carter, Chairman of the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority, said: "Hampshire continues to take a pioneering approach to joint agency working and we are proud to be the first fire service to be sharing a headquarters with police.

"Despite the financial challenges we face, innovative solutions such as this arrangement allow us to carry on delivering the best value services to our communities."

Inside the new shared fire and police headquarters