A proposal to relocate the police and Community Protection from Central Police Station to Byron House, in Maid Marion Way, is progressing well.
The co-location will involve the sale of Central Police Station to the city council, and the relocation of the staff working there as well as Community Protection staff from Exchange Buildings North.
Byron House will provide the two organisations with a location that fits the modern ways of working and supports the delivery of an integrated service, strengthening our unique partnership in providing nationally acclaimed service across the city – Community Protection.
Andrew Errington, Director of Community Protection, said: “Our united vision of creating a safe and clean environment and our innovative work, has delivered results.
“By relocating to Byron House we will be able to bring together all of Community Protection and the police under one roof, which will further enhance our service to the public.”
The proposed move comes as part of Aurora II – a project designed to not only review and improve how our partnership work is delivered, but also guide some significant changes to the estate. Aurora II will help shape how we work in the future.
Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Steve Cooper added: “We are looking at new ways of working, pushing the boundaries of our partnership and continuing to build on our success for the benefit of the public.
“With the project will come a degree of change, change that is necessary in order for us to overcome the financial challenges being faced by the Force. I’m sure everyone who is working at Central will agree that Byron House will give us the modern facilities we need to progress our Community Protection partnership further while saving us money.”
The council’s Executive Board will meet on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the progress of the Byron House relocation project.
If recommendations are approved the council will lease part of the building to the police and work will continue to look at refurbishing the building to create an effective working environment for both organisations.
Councillor Graham Chapman, Deputy Leader of Nottingham City Council, said: “Bringing together our Community Protection service and the police under one roof will deliver far greater efficiency in the way we work.
“Byron House is an ideal modern building that we can easily adapt for use as a combined office for the two organisations at minimal expense, while providing significant savings on running costs in the future.”
PCC Paddy Tipping added: “Closing some police stations and sharing facilities with other services makes good sense as it means we can all benefit from better, cost-effective tailor-made facilities along with more modern technology, all of which will lead to greater police visibility on our streets.
“Much of the work to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour is a joint approach, delivered with our local authority partners, so the sharing of premises is a logical step.
“Most importantly, I think that members of the public will find it more appropriate to have key public services in one location as we all try to cut costs to protect services.”