Estates Strategy - taking the right steps

Since taking office, the Commissioner has been delivering an £130m investment plan to transform Merseyside Police stations and facilities.

Jane's 10-year plan will transform the force’s buildings and ensure officers remain at the heart of communities across the region. The strategy focusses on putting more money into frontline policing by selling old, out-dated and inefficient buildings and replacing them with more cost-effective, flexible and fit-for-purpose facilities. This will aim save £2.5million every year on the cost of running the police estate – protecting 65 police officer posts each year.

The 10-year strategy received overwhelming support from local people when it was unveiled in October 2014, with 92% of respondents to the Commissioner's public surve backing her plans.

Since then, the Commissioner has delivered a number of high profile new buildings and refurbishments.

The money for all the projects are completely separate from, and cannot be diverted to, the funding used to pay for Merseyside Police’s officers and staff.

New police headquarters

A new £48m headquarters has been approved and is currently under construction after the Commissioner and Chief Constable ceremonially broke the ground at the site on Scotland Road. The new site will act as Merseyside Police's official headquarters once opened in September 2021.

The purpose-built, four-storey centre, which is being built adjacent to the force’s existing station on St Anne Street, will house more than 1,100 officers and staff who will move over from the current headquarters on Canning Place in Liverpool city centre and from a number of leased units in Brunswick Dock, enabling these to be released.

The 12,800 m2 centre will provide modern, open-plan offices, meeting rooms, and break-out spaces and has been designed to enable staff to work in a more flexible way. Located on a brownfield site, the new police base will be bound by Scotland Road, St Anne Street and the approach road to the Queensway tunnel, breathing new life into one of the principal routes into the city centre.

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Operational Command Centre

In November 2018, the Commissioner was joined by the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside to open a new £48 million state-of-the-art Operational Command Centre on the Estuary Business Park in Speke.

This bespoke facility houses more than 1,200 officers and support staff and enables the teams who make up Merseyside Police’s Matrix Serious and Organised Crime Portfolio to be based together under one roof. 

The teams which make up MSOC were based in separate leased buildings no longer fit for purpose. The new centre co-locates them in a facility which is economically efficient and designed for the requirements of a modern police force.

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Edge Lane patrol hub

In February 2020, the Commissioner and Chief Constable, Andy Cooke QPM, officially declared a major new police base on Edge Lane 'open for business'.

The £20 million centralised Vehicle Fleet Management Facility and Police Patrol Hub brought together departments previously spread across several sites, releasing properties for sale that were no longer fit for purpose, and enabling more than 700 officers and staff to be based together in one central hub.

The major new base, which will also house the force’s vehicle repair centre, is an integral part of a wider regeneration project aimed at breathing new life into the Edge Lane gateway into Liverpool city centre.

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Mather Avenue

An £8 million refurbishment of Mather Avenue, including the Mounted Section’s stable block, was completed in January 2020 with the aim of it becoming the force's primary training centre. It also provides a permanent location for the Commissioner's small team.

The refurbishment of Mather Avenue brings to the Force centralised classroom based training, a new Lecture Theatre/Conference facility, Learning Resource Centre (LRC), enhanced Hydra facilities and Gymnasium.

Bebington Police Station

One of the first major projects to be completed, Bebington Police Station received a £2 million face-lift, including the creation a brand new and purpose built suite for interviewing vulnerable victims and witnesses to ‘Achieve Best Evidence (the ABE suite). 

Re-opened in February 2017 by Wirral MP Alison McGovern following a six-month renovation project, the station now houses 74 police officers, PCSOs and Special Constables and has a room to allow officers to meet with members of the public on an appointment basis.

The station had been completely closed and empty since November 2013.

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Community Police Stations

A key component of the PCC's 10-year plan for modernising Merseyside Police's estate was the creation of a network of Community Police Stations.

Community Police Stations are designed to be accessible, visible centres which are co-located with partners in busy neighbourhood hubs which are already well-used by the communities they serve.

To date, 11 new Community Police Stations have been opened. They are located in a diverse range of locations, including  within libraries, one stop shops, community centres, at Prescot Fire Station and even one on a railway station platform at Ainsdale.

The Community Police Stations enabled the disposal of older police stations that were no longer fit for purpose and in the wrong location.The capital receipts from these stations has been used to invest in the estate.

Find out about the opening of the following Community Police Stations using the links below:

Custody Suites

A five-year rolling plan has been introduced with the aim of refurbishing the force’s custody suites.

Belle Vale and Copy Lane have already been completed.

Lea Green Training Centre

A new gymnasium and classroom have recently been delivered at the force's training centre in Lea Green to enable the training of new recruits as a result of the Prime Minister’s recent increase in funding.

Following our progress

Any decisions made in relation to the Estate Strategy will be fully detailed in the Meetings and Decisions section of this website.

Why was this necessary?

In 2014, Merseyside Police’s estate consisted of 78 buildings, with an average age of 52 years and some dating as far back as 1890. Prior to the introduction of this strategy, the last police station built on Merseyside was on Stanley Road, Kirkdale, back in the seventies.

Many of the force's aging buildings were inefficient and expensive to maintain. At the time, they cost more than £12m each year to run, with the bills increasing year on year.

Watch why this changes were so important below: