Police announce new HQ

By Abby Rugg

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


THE POLICE have announced a £1.5 million deal for a new headquarters.

Hampshire Constabulary, which includes the Isle of Wight, has bought a HQ in Winchester city centre.

The deal with previous owners, Hampshire County Council, to buy Mottisfont Court in the High Street was finalised on Monday (19).

A spokeswoman said it was the first purchase as part of an Estate Development Programme (EDP), aimed at providing modern and appropriate facilities, while achieving value for money.

Their previous HQ on Romsey Road, Winchester, will be put up for sale in 2014 and the money received will be invested in the capital funds for new police buildings and refurbishment of existing ones.

The refurbishment of Mottisfont Court is due to start in 2013 and it should be completed and ready for occupation by up to 200 HQ staff by the end of 2013.

Reporter: abbyr@iwcpmail.co.uk


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by Martin Heath

23rd November 2012, at 16:54:24

T Rollingworth. Simple economics. Mottisfont Court is somewhat smaller than their current premises. Also I believe a good deal newer. So I suspect there are savings to be had in terms of maintenance, also likely to be savings in staff as new technology is introduced to reduce the amount of staff needed. I doubt whether that will equate to more bobbies on the beat though.

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by T Rollingsworth

22nd November 2012, at 10:53:48

Having spent a lot of time in Winchester I can't see anywhere in the city centre this could go. I don't see why they would want to move from their Romsey Road site as it's massive!

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by LJ Parker

21st November 2012, at 12:17:00

Hello hello hello

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by Dave Melksham

21st November 2012, at 10:39:01

"has bought a HQ in Winchester city centre."
Surely it should be "an HQ"

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by tony white

21st November 2012, at 09:07:57

£1.5 million on a fleet of new boats, £1.5 million on a new headquarters..and no police on the beat or roads. value for money, am i missing something here

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