Four police facilities were procured under a PFI bidding process, with Illman Young part of the winning Blue Light Partnership team.
Express Park, Bridgwater: a custody and crime investigation centre, and specialist operations
Gloucester Road, Bristol: a custody and crime investigation centre, and police station
Ashmead Road, Keynsham: a custody and crime investigation centre
Black Rock Quarry: an indoor firearms training centre, located in a disused quarry
The four sites are spread throughout the Authorities area, with three serving a common function and the fourth an independent firearms facility. All the sites have widely differing physical and practical constraints and these, coupled with the precise security guidelines set out by the Home Office, created a tight brief
The client was keen to promote welcoming friendly sites while maintaining the necessary security requirements
Master planning of staff and operational circulation and zoning was critical, along with public access and circulation, and highways issues.