Royal approval for King's Lynn station
King’s Lynn’s newly refurbished police station was given royal approval this morning (Thursday 29 September 2018) when it was officially opened by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales.
Visiting the station, The Prince was welcomed by HM Lord Lieutenant Richard Jewson, Chief Constable Simon Bailey and Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green, among other local dignitaries.
During his visit, The Prince met with district policing commander Superintendent Dave Buckley and spoke with reception staff from the public enquiry office as well as detectives, crime scene investigators, police cadets, special constables and architects.
The station, originally built in the 1950s, was refurbished between October 2016 and December 2017 in a £3.1m project. It was downsized and altered to provide fit-for-purpose accommodation for the future of policing in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.
The re-developed base is home to front line response and neighbourhood officers, forensic services, CID, offender rehabilitation and the Operational Partnership Team, made up of staff from different agencies including adult and children’s services, housing officers and charities, who work together to ensure a joined-up approach to tackling and preventing issues.
On a tour of the station, frontline officers demonstrated how modern technology was helping in the fight against crime through the use of mobile devices and body worn video. Pupils from Springwood High School, who visited the site during re-construction, also attended the official opening.
His Royal Highness unveiled a commemorative plaque and posed for a group photograph before leaving.
Chief Constable Simon Bailey said: “Norfolk, in particular the west of county, has close associations with the royal family and it was a great pleasure to have HRH The Prince of Wales officially open the station in what will be a very memorable occasion for those involved.
“The modernisation of police buildings is a key part of our effort to improve efficiencies within the force and provide a cost effective solution, compared to maintaining costly buildings which no longer fulfil the needs of a modern police force. The reduction of floor space in Lynn will save the force £50k a year.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green said: “Norfolk Constabulary has had a long and happy history of service to HRH, The Prince of Wales and the whole Royal family in Norfolk. It was a special honour to be graced by the presence of His Royal Highness for the official opening of the refurbished King’s Lynn Police Station.”
The station remained operational throughout the refurbishment through the use of temporary accommodation and contractors Morgan Sindall received a Gold Award through the Considerate Construction Scheme for the project.
- Construction of the original building started in 1953 and the station was opened in 1955.
- The original building and car park was extended in the 1970s.
- The building was in need a refurbishment, not only in terms of planned maintenance but to also cater for the needs of 21st century policing.
- The former station was also too big for current requirements and was downsized with areas surplus to requirement demolished, such as the unused custody cells.
- Floor space was reduced by 908m2 – which will result in a £50k revenue saving per annum.
- Energy consumption reduced through better service controls and installation of LED fittings.