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Lancashire PCC outlines £75m plans for HQ upgrade

The proposed plans are part of a ten-year investment project in critical infrastructure.

Lancashire HQ is set to see a “future-proofed” transformation as the PCC outlines his plans for investment. 

The suggested £75m overhaul of the county’s main police base will include a training school, sleeping accommodation, a sports hall gym and firing range. 

The HQ will sit at Saunders Lane with a support building, public order training and decked parking. 

At Lindle Lane will be a mounted branch with a replacement arena and stables. 

The plans are subject to a final sign off by the Chief Officer and a decision by the PCC with the planning application due to be submitted in the New Year. 

The current base at Saunders Lane comprises numerous buildings - some of which are almost 75 years old. The last investment in the construction of a new building took place in the 1990s. 

The initial three phases of the programme will cost in the region of £75m and take four to five years to complete. The plan is to reduce the number of buildings and make the overall site more efficient and effective. 

Police and Crime Commissioner Andrew Snowden said: “The proposed plans to redevelop the sites would enable the replacement of buildings that are no longer safe or fit for purpose for modern day policing. The proposals would allow improved security, training and future proofed fleet facilities.” 

Chief Constable Chris Rowley said: “The vast majority of buildings on both sites, whilst still operational, are no longer fit for purpose and haven’t been for quite some time.  It is the right time to commit to the programme and ensure we have a safe and secure site that meets the needs of our staff and enables the delivery of exceptional policing to our communities.”

The site also sits within a green belt meaning landscaping is central to the scheme and would include new planting and wildlife areas. 

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