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Kendal Police Station

Cumbria Constabulary have announced the opening of a new Custody Suite at Kendal Police Station

R.G. Parkins & Partners were employed by Cumbria Constabulary as the Civil and Structural designers for the project. Consultancy services have been provided throughout the project which has just finished its second phase.

Kendal Police Station is an existing three-storey steel frame masonry clad building. The existing cell block was a single-storey load bearing masonry structure within a courtyard arrangement. As part of the redevelopment a new cell block was constructed with a plant room over. Now that the cell block has been completed the existing cell block will be demolished, creating entirely new custody facilities fit for modern policing.

A refit is also being undertaken at the station. The project involved the removal of existing fuel tanks, investigation of the existing structure and foundations and the design of a new service tunnel in addition to the design of the cell block.

Integrating with the mechanical and electrical engineers and the architects was one of the biggest challenges on this project. The high number of services and routes involved required excellent communication within the design team to maintain the integrity of the new and existing structures. Further to this, the team was working in a live environment which required high security and tight constraints.

The next phase will see the construction of a new building which will house further police facilities. A new link bridge will be formed between two parts of the existing building.

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