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New HQ delayed as construction firm goes into administration

Thames Valley Police’s Reading HQ was due to be completed by summer 2022.

The construction company working on the new Reading headquarters has gone into administration provoking concerns over when officers will be able to move.

The new site is based in Atlantic House, around 2.5 miles out of the city centre. For now, officers remain in the current police station based on Castle Street.

The Reading building will not be the onluy one affected as the force has confirmed that the company is involved in construction projects "across the force."

Midas Construction announced they were going into administration in February of this year. PCC Matthew Barber has given assurances that while there may be delays to the move to the new headquarters, the force has not seen a financial loss because of it.

He said: “The construction company working on the new Reading Police station has indeed gone into administration, which will cause some delays to the project but will have no impact on policing within Reading.

“As Police & Crime Commissioner I was made aware as soon as the Force became aware of concerns over the financial future of Midas Construction, and agreed to begin contingency planning. The Force has suffered no financial loss because of the collapse of the company, and I am being kept informed as work continues to explore all options to successfully complete the building project.

“In the meantime, there will be no impact on policing in the town and we remain committed to delivering a new police station and town centre neighbourhood office to give Reading the policing it deserves.”

A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police, said: “Thames Valley Police currently has a contract with the Midas Group for building projects across the force – including the replacement for the current Reading Police Station.

“The force has been aware that the company has been facing issues for several months and has been working to ensure contingency plans were in place. Following confirmation that the company has gone into administration last month (February), the force is exploring all options available to ensure we can continue with the successful delivery of these projects in the future.

“We will ensure the public is kept up to date with the new timeline, once its finalised. We remain absolutely committed to serving the people of Reading and we will ensure that this delay does not have any impact on the service we provide. Staff will remain at the current site until Atlantic House is ready for occupation. ”

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