West Yorkshire’s chief constable has helped to mark a major milestone in the £35 million project to build a new police station in Leeds.
Mark Gilmore was joined by West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson for a ‘topping out’ ceremony at the 12,500 sq m facility opposite Leeds United’s stadium on Elland Road.
The event marked the laying of the highest point of the building ahead of its planned opening in March 2014.
Chief Constable Gilmore said the new building would help lower costs and improve services.
He said: “The new facilities provide us with a platform to deliver a modern police service that is flexible and responsive to the needs of people across West Yorkshire.
“I share people’s concerns around the funding cuts being made to policing across the country, and a major aspect in the development of these new facilities has been the central government funding.
“This has enabled us to make these projects work and in the longer term these modern and efficient facilities will help us to lower our overall costs while improving the service we deliver to local people.”
The station will become the new headquarters of City and Holbeck division of West Yorkshire Police, replacing the old Holbeck and Millgarth Police Stations.
It will open following the launch of two other major buildings – a new district headquarters for the Wakefield division in Normanton and a specialist training facility at Carr Gate, Wakefield. All three building projects have been funded through a £114 million private finance initiative scheme (PFI).
Mr Burns-Williamson said: “These bespoke, modern and efficient facilities will help to lower our overall costs by replacing out of date buildings which were simply no longer fit for purpose.
“The scale, ambition and hard work that has gone into making these developments a reality places West Yorkshire Police in the best possible position.”