Council set to approve Grimsby's state-of-the-art £14m custody suite

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 5 Oct 2017

The council is set to give the go-ahead for work to begin to build Grimsby's £14 million custody suite.

Humberside Police submitted a planning application for the 36 cell state-of-the-art building earlier this year, and next Wednesday the council's planning committee will make a decision on whether or not to let the development go ahead.

Planners at NELC have recommended the scheme for approval, which if accepted, could see the huge new facility opened by March 2019 .

How the state-of-the-art facility would look from Pyewipe Road

More details of how the modern cell suite will look were revealed last month . If given approval as expected, it will be built part of the brownfield former brewery distribution site at Birchin Way, by the A180 and run by more than 170 staff members.

The holding site will sit alongside the recently built Wickes and existing fast food outlets McDonald’s and KFC on the West Marsh.

It will be built over two floors, replacing custody suites in Grimsby and Scunthorpe and there will be a reception area, two police team offices and interview and counsel rooms.

Examples of the types of custody cells that the new South Bank facility would be home to

National firm Willmott Dixon is the principal contractor for the scheme and anticipates expressions of interest in contracting work from September, with spades in the ground in January and a handover to Humberside Police in January 2019.

The company has delivered a dozen such buildings already, and worked with The Home Office on design.

Humberside Police initially explored options to renovate the existing custody suites at Grimsby's Victoria Street station and Scunthorpe police station, which are outdated, but the force concluded that the required work would be too expensive and too difficult to facilitate.

An artist's impression of the scale, positioning and layout of the £14 million development

Norr Architects have submitted nearly 50 separate documents to the council as part of the planning application, having carried out extensive consultation sessions with council officers.

A high security area would sit to the rear of the custody suite, around the van dock, where detainees are escorted into the facility and discharged in a transfer vehicle. This area will be bound by a 3.2 metre high fence.

The land at Birchin Way where Humberside Police want to build to new custody suite

The future of Humberside Police's big vision for holding detainees in Grimsby is now in the hands of planners at North East Lincolnshire Council, who will have the final say on whether or not it can be built.

North East Lincolnshire Council's planning committee will next meet at 9.30am on Wednesday, October 11.

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