Northamptonshire Police commissioned us to deliver a new Criminal Justice Centre with state-of-the-art custodial facilities and grade A office accommodation, to meet Home Office guidelines.

The brief

The client required a bespoke, 40-cell custodial suite with scope for expansion, as well as 50,000ft2 of high-quality offices. They needed us to select the best site, carry out viability assessments, navigate the planning process, procure a contractor and provide technical advice.

Our response

Our chosen site offered the best location, but presented a planning risk due to likelihood of opposition. We overcame this through careful explanation at planning consultations. We also altered the procurement route and designs to reduce the number of custody suites while increasing scope for expansion – helping save £3m without altering the floor area.

Key facts

  • We delivered 21st century offices and custody suites compliant with guidelines.
  • We reduced CO2 and energy use through thermal modelling and efficiency.
  • We navigated a fraught planning process through clear strategy and research.
  • We saved the client £3m through re-design and re-procurement.

Project Information

Client: Northamptonshire Police

Value: £9 million