Merseyside’s Police Commissioner, has today (Wednesday, 6 March) signed a contract that gives the go-ahead to the development of the area’s new joint Police and Fire Command and Control Centre.
The centre will be based at the Fire and Rescue headquarters in Bridle Road, Bootle and will be a mixture of new build and refurbishment of the current building.
The co-location of the fire and police control room functions will provide an exciting opportunity to deliver a more efficient and effective service to the public. They will share site infrastructure and facilities with the potential for sharing of technology solutions in the longer term.
When planning permission is granted building work will be undertaken at the site and this will bring benefits to the local area. The contractor for the site, Kier Construction, will be recruiting apprentices from the local area and also targeting local contractors to work on the site. This will help in ensuring that local people benefit from employment and training opportunities, especially supporting young people who are keen to work in the construction industry.
Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy, said: "It has taken a lot of hard work from both organisations and the former Merseyside Police Authority to reach this stage and I would like to thank everyone involved in driving this project forward.
"This collaboration will not only provide a more efficient service to the Merseyside community but it will also be a more cost-effective way of meeting ongoing service delivery needs in what are very challenging financial times.
"It is vital that a major contract of this type should bring benefits to the local area and we’re delighted that this will be happening.
"This is another example of successful partnership working and I’m thrilled that young people in the area will be able to gain valuable experience by working on this development.”
Councillor Dave Hanratty, Chair of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority, said: "This Merseyside solution will provide opportunities for long-term partnership working and savings as well as real benefits for our mobilizing and command and control functions.”
Gary Winterskill, Managing Director, Kier Construction – Northern, said: "The Joint Control Centre project is a really good news story for Kier, in what is our 100th year of working in Merseyside.
"We’re delighted to have designed & developed the scheme from its inception in collaboration with the JCC client team and look forward to working with many local suppliers in the Bootle area to deliver the project.”
The project is due for completion in Spring 2014.