Members of the public are invited to take a guided tour around the new Harrogate Police Station.
The guided tours will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes and will be available from 2pm until 7pm.
This will be a unique opportunity and unlikely to be repeated once it becomes an operational police station.
Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell, said:
The open day will provide a one-off opportunity to see inside our new, state-of-the-art police station, which is one of the most modern in the country.
The station has been built to serve the communities of Harrogate and the surrounding area and we would like to offer local people the opportunity to come and see inside before it becomes operational.
The areas you will get to see include:
- The 16-cell custody suite
- Interview rooms
- Fingerprint room
- Major incident command room
- Officers’ briefing room
- General offices
Everyone is welcome. The new station is on Beckwith Head Road, Harrogate, HG3 1FR, please follow the signs for parking.
The station becomes operational on 17 May 2012. It will operate 24 hours a day with front counter services available between 8am and midnight.
A separate, smaller police station on Victoria Avenue opened to the public on 23 April 2012, to provide easier access to policing services for people in the town centre.
Key facts about the new station
- Cost of new building is £18m, £2.8m under original budget
- New town centre police station is now operational to maintain presence in the town
- 16-cell custody block built to Home Office standards
- Police memorial garden has been incorporated into the grounds
- The building is set to achieve an excellent rating under the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM)
- Air source heat pumps are installed, and photovoltaic panels will generate power to make the building as sustainable as possible
- Levels of CO2 emissions from the build were monitored during construction
- A park and ride service was put in place for contractors working on the site
- 20,000 cubic metres of soil removed from the site was reused on the site
- The sub-soil was used on a nearby site
- Excavated rock was crushed and used as aggregate
- The constructors scored an excellent 37 out of 40 under the Considerate Constructors Scheme
- The contractors have donated waste metal and timber to Harrogate charity Horticap and provided building expertise to help with the construction of a new workshop facility
- Horticap used the waste materials to raise funds
- Leaves from the site were given to the charity to turn into mulch to sell