Opportunity to win work on £13m Grimsby custody suite

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 16 Jun 2017

A FIRST glance at what Grimsby's new £13 million South Bank custody facility could look like has been given.

Humberside Police is bringing the facility to the town, building on the capacity offered with cells at Victoria Street, in what will be one of the biggest non-industrial infrastructure developments in recent years. To put it into context the value is double that of the recently completed Cartergate House, now occupied by Wilkin Chapman.

It comes after Scunthorpe lost its magistrates court, with cases for the whole of northern Lincolnshire now heard in Grimsby, meaning extra demand for holding facilities.

Hertfordshire-based Willmott Dixon Construction has been appointed as principal contractor, and while the location has yet to be divulged, it is understood to be a derelict site close to the town centre.

Whether it will occupy a prime site close to the courts, such as the junction with Victoria Street and Frederick Ward Way, or one of two zones on the Ellis Way split Upper Burgess Street remains to be seen.

There is also the Garth Lane site, owned by Associated British Ports, where Henry Boot failed to realise a mixed use scheme ahead of the recession a decade ago.

The Letchworth company has experience in building secure environments, and will now host a special supply chain event – together with Humberside Police and North East Lincolnshire Council – in a bid to maximise the local benefit from the sizeable investment.

A spokesman for the office of the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner, Keith Hunter (pictured left) – who first announced the scheme's backing in March – said that contracts are currently being finalised for the new facility, and that as soon as the process is complete an announcement will be made.

He anticipated this being the last week of the month, which fits with the June 29 date for the event, raising the profile further.

Businesses in the construction and allied sectors are being urged to attend the special morning at Europarc to find out more, understand tender enquiry dates and register with the company.

Council leader Ray Oxby will welcome representatives from 8.30am, together with Lisa King of Humberside Police, before handing over to the Willmott Dixon team, with a project overview from Mark Rozer, supply chain information from Dave Pennock and an insight into social value from Jayne Greaves.

It takes place at The Innovation Centre and features a question and answer session and networking opportunity as Willmott Dixon Construction seeks to cover off a "diverse range of sub-contract works and material supply that this project will offer".

Local organisations providing business support will also be there, including Jobcentre Plus, Grimsby District Builders Association, E-Factor, the Investment Hub NEL, The Growth Hub and the Federation of Small Businesses.

Businesses are urged to register through Eventbrite, click here for the link.

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