Proposals for a new shared headquarters for Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service are due to be discussed by the members of the Fire and Rescue Authority at its meeting next week.
If the plans are approved, a new shared headquarters for the two blue-light organisations will be created at Sherwood Lodge in Arnold. It is expected that existing buildings will be modified and refurbished, alongside some new-build construction where required.
If the plans are approved, completion is expected in mid-late 2021 bringing financial and practical efficiencies to both organisations.
The two services already have a successful history of working together, operationally and organisationally. There are shared locations around the county and plans for more are in the pipeline.
Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “This is a project that builds resilience and provides a better service to Nottinghamshire residents, with the added benefit of being extremely cost-effective.”
The Chair of the Fire Authority, Councillor Brian Grocock, added: “We have an absolute commitment to drive the collaboration agenda forward between the two Services, to improve efficiency and effectiveness. If approved, these new headquarters will act as a catalyst for a more effective exchange of information, which will ultimately benefit the communities that both organisations serve.”
CC Craig Guildford commented: “We have continued to explore collaborative opportunities following the agreement in principle for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and Nottinghamshire Police to share a joint HQ, and next week will see a full business case presented to the Fire Authority.
“Working together and sharing our estate will not only save public money that can be invested back into frontline services, but it will also benefit the public when tackling community safety and prevention issues. The success of sharing our facilities is already evident and we both hope to be able to develop this further for the benefit of the public we serve and all our employees.”
John Buckley, Chief Fire Officer, said: “We already have a successful history of working with Nottinghamshire Police, operationally and organisationally. There are three shared locations around the county and plans for more are in the pipeline. A joint headquarters will build on these existing relationships, supporting the principles of effective blue light collaboration.”
The estate of the three main emergency services: Police, Fire & Rescue and Ambulance has been reviewed across the county to identify sites suitable for joint projects and those which are under-utilised, out-dated or no longer needed.
The meeting takes place on Friday, 15 February at the current Fire and Rescue Headquarters at Bestwood Lodge.