WORK on a £45million police headquarters has reached a major milestone after a ‘topping out’ ceremony was held last week.
Merseyside Police’s new HQ, currently under construction on Scotland Road, in Everton, saw a ceremony take place on Friday, June 12 when Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy and Chief Constable Andy Cooke QPM signed the last piece of steel to be installed.
This marked the end of the main construction phase of the project and once the steel framework is complete, work can begin on kitting out the bespoke four-storey headquarters.
It will serve as Merseyside Police’s flagship base on a key gateway into the city centre, overlooking Scotland Road and the entrance to the Queensway tunnel, while helping to regenerate the Everton area.
The state-of-the-art 12,800m2 centre will bring more than 1,100 officers and staff under one roof once it opens its doors in September 2021, freeing up a number of leased buildings and helping the force to save approximately £250,000 a year on its running costs.
Construction at the site began in September 2019 after the Commissioner and Chief Constable ceremonially turned the first sod at the brownfield site, which is adjacent to the force’s existing station on St Anne Street.
Work on the site has continued apace despite the coronavirus pandemic, with social distancing practices being implemented by construction firm Willmott Dixon, in order for today’s major milestone to be reached on time and on budget.
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “What an achievement! Last September, the Chief Constable and I were here to ‘turn the first sod’ on what was a large muddy field but in a fantastic location, looking down over Liverpool city centre and the River Mersey.
“Less than nine months on and in spite of the complications thrown up by Covid-19, this impressive structure has come to life, acting as a proud guardian over this key gateway into the city. We are now a major step closer towards the completion of a brand new, much-needed headquarters for Merseyside Police.”