Pick Everard completed a feasibility study exploring potential for a new criminal justice centre on the site of Bedfordshire Police’s existing headquarters. As architect and cost consultant we provided design concepts for new custody cells and offices to replace a modular temporary building with high running costs.

The Brief 

We were required to provide architectural proposals with costings for a number of options, exploring both traditional and modular construction techniques to establish the best solution for balancing design quality with cost and efficiency.

Our feasibility proposals had to accommodate a significant development providing capacity for up to 56 cells, large open plan offices, and 720 car parking spaces, to address problems with fragmented parking provision on the current site.

Our Response 

Our concept provided all required facilities within an intelligent and flexible layout able to accommodate future expansion if required. We created a simple new access point to address existing problems and accommodated 600 staff parking bays in a centralised zone, with another 120 made available for operational vehicles.

Key Facts 

  • Developed a hybrid strategy combining volumetric off-site custody suites with traditional office construction, combining time savings with high quality
  • Took the client to see other recently custody suites to capture ideas and best practice

Project Information

Client: Bedfordshire Police

Value: £10,000,000