Plans to create a new shared headquarters for Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue services moved a step closer last week.
At a meeting on Friday, September 28, the Fire Authority gave the go-ahead for the development of detailed designs and costings for a new joint headquarters on the site of the current Police HQ at Sherwood Lodge.
Last year it was agreed that the three emergency services – Police, Fire & Rescue and Ambulance – would review their estate within the County to identify sites suitable for colocation.
A number of options have been explored and a full, detailed proposal for a shared HQ at Sherwood Lodge will now be submitted to next February’s (2019) meeting of the Fire Authority.
Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping, who holds responsibility for the police estate, welcomed the news, saying that this was highly-logical ‘blue-light’ collaboration.
He said: “This is what partnership working is all about. If these plans go ahead it will bring benefits for the staff, the two organisations and ultimately the taxpayers. This will see both services working together in a modern, efficient, building that is fit for the foreseeable future.”
The Chair of the Fire Authority, Cllr Brian Grocock said: “Collaboration is a key objective for the Authority, both in terms of what it represents to the communities we serve and for ensuring that we strengthen the way we work with our blue-light partners.
“The prospect of a shared HQ with Nottinghamshire Police demonstrates our commitment to this priority and the next few months will be critical in ensuring the proposals meet the expectations of both services, as well as demonstrating the positive benefits for our communities.”
If the full proposal is approved, it is thought it could take between two to five years for the joint headquarters to up and running.