Construction started Monday 23rd January on a new £21.5 million police station in Wrexham, North Wales. It will hold 32 cells and will be the base for up to 200 officers and staff.
The eco-friendly building has been hailed a “dawn of a new era” by Crime commissioner, Arfon Jones. Built on a former warehouse in Llay near Wrexham, the station will include energy-saving facilities such as solar panels on the roof and LED lighting. This will also reduce running costs.
Main contractors, Galliford Try, has predicted the completion date will be August 2018.
Wrexham’s main police station has been deemed as no longer fit for purpose by force bosses. The facilities are out of date and it is no longer economically sustainable.
Chief Constable Mark Polin said:
“This new, state of the art building will provide excellent operational facilities.”
Arfon Jones said:
“The beginning of work to build the new the eastern command and custody facility in Llay heralds a new era for policing in North Wales.
“The state of the art facilities have been designed to provide a first-class operational base for our staff and a modern custody suite with 32 cells.
“The building will include energy saving features like photovoltaic panels to generate electricity, rainwater harvesting to save water and LED lighting to reduce running costs.
“One of my priorities has been to ensure there is a strong element of local employment and training as part of the contract. I hope that, as well as Wrexham Council, Flintshire and Denbighshire county councils will work with Galliford to ensure we get the maximum number of apprentices involved in this project”.
“The main contractors, Galliford Try, are on the same wavelength in relation to boosting the local economy.
“This is great news for everybody concerned because we will also be opening a new town centre police station in Wrexham with a public front desk in the former Oriel Gallery.
“As a result, the antiquated high-rise police station at Bodhyfryd in Wrexham will be demolished and will be replaced by excellent new facilities that are fit for 21st century policing.”
The Wrexham police force will be a central base in the town centre, and a satellite station will be built as part of the Wrexham library.