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Officers and employees of the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) force have begun the process of relocating to new headquarters in the north-east of the Manchester.
A lengthy fit-out process saw 125,000 sqft of offices at Central Park readied for the North Manchester Divisional Police, where several hundred people will soon be officially head-quartered.
Construction of Central Park was carried out by Carrilion on the basis of designs by the architect firm Aedas. The site is less than two miles from Manchester city centre and the newly completed divisional HQ sits next door to the official county-wide headquarters of the GMP, which is comprised of 240,000 sqft of newly-built office space.
Bosses of the local police force expressed their satisfaction at having lined up what they describe as one of the most modern and fit-for-purpose headquarters of its kind in the UK.
“This has been in the planning for many years and, as with the new Force HQ just across the road, the North Manchester Divisional headquarters will provide modern, fit-for-purpose facilities enabling officers and staff to work more efficiently,” Councillor Paul Murphy, chairman of the GMP Authority is quoted as saying in a Place North West report on the subject.
As well as a significant police force presence, Manchester’s Central Park office complex is home to several large-scale companies and major local employers like Fujitsu and the NHS.
Efforts have been made to ensure that sustainability standards are kept high across Central Park, with each building having achieved at least a ‘very good’ rating from BREEAM.
The complex is an important and high profile part of a more broadly focussed regeneration effort at brownfield sites in East Manchester. Transport links to and from offices at the site are set to improve considerably in years to come as the local Metrolink tram service is being extended to reach the development.