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Constructing Truro Police Station

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Truro Police Station is an ongoing scheme which began in the first week of January 2014 and is set to be finalised on July 11th this year.

With a value of £600,000 the development comprises an office block with associated onsite parking.

The project entails the removal of all building fixtures and fittings, and the replacement of existing partition walling with new ones; the introduction of a new lift shaft in addition to the construction of the offices. In addition, special efforts are being made by the workforce to make the building DDA compliant, which means that wheel chair access, toilets for the disabled and a portable hearing loop system have been incorporated within the design plan.

Prior to the refurbishment, the land formerly housed the South West Regional Development Agency building. Once work is complete on the project, the new building will include offices, a gym, changing rooms, and a kitchen; however there will be no cells as it is a police office rather than a police station.

The architect involved with the project is Stride Treglown, working alongside Gloweth Ltd. Stride Treglown is an experienced and reputable business practicing architecture and interior design for numerous clients, many of which return for repeat business. In 2014 alone, Stride Treglown has received three awards already. The company were allocated the RICS South West Infrastructure Award for their success with the New Landing Based HRAS Training Facility, Cornwall. The other two awards received this year are the British Council for Offices (BCO) award and Regional Finalist at the Civic trust Awards 2014.

Founded over forty years ago, Gloweth Ltd are a family firm that have delivered high quality building, joinery and electrical services throughout the South West. Many of the projects include architects and design consultancies, schools, management agencies, nursing homes, pubs and hotels.

Gloweth have a wide scope of high quality work that they have carried out, including barn conversions, extensions and alterations, commercial property renovation and listed building restoration and alteration. Gloweth are also well known for their creation of DDA Access facilities.

Contract manager of Gloweth, Jonathon Reed said:

We’ve got specialist design services (SDS) they are the mechanical and electrical consultants and their feedback from the work here so far has been the best mechanical and electrical work they’ve seen in a long time so that’s really good. The clients are very happy, we’ve had a senior member of the client design team express how happy he was with how things are going so far so that’s great.”

As the station is yet to be complete, there are still the final touches to put in place. The internal doors and new lift are being installed soon, as well as a number of lockers.

The main contractor has expressed that they are very happy with the direction that the new police station is taking, and feel positive about being a part of such an important and long-term project within the community.

Jonathon added:

It’s at the larger end of the project that we undertake, and being a member of Truro it gives us a high profile in our local town; of course it’s a very long-term project as the police station is destined to be here for the next twenty years.”

 

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