We are delighted to announce our appointment to deliver the glazing for the new Merseyside Police Operational Command Centre, by Willmott Dixon!

Willmott Dixon was selected as main contractor for the building on a design-and-build basis in September 2016 through Scape’s major works framework, and working closely with their appointed architects, Ryder Architecture will be aiming to make a start on site imminently for a 2020 opening. The work for Merseyside Police Force sees Willmott Dixon construct a 12,800 m2 facility on St Anne’s Street in Liverpool to create four storeys of modern office space for up to 1,175 people.

Dortechs scope or work includes the design, manufacture and delivery of a whopping 4,500m2 of architectural glazing comprising of curtain walling, windows and entrance doors. The curtain wall is designed to accommodate 500mm projecting brise soleil fins that give the building a vertical emphasis.

Dortech has selected Technal UK as its preferred glazing system and looks forward to working closely with them to bring this scheme to life. Design works are already well underway in anticipation of a March 2020 start on site.

Merseyside Police HQ marks the 70th glazing project Dortech have delivered for Willmott Dixon, over a relationship that spans over 17 years! During this time, Dortech have successfully installed over £14 million of glazing on Willmott Dixon sites. They are a major client to Dortech and we look forward to continuing to strengthen our partnership with them further.

The eight-acre site, which borders Scotland Road, St Anne Street, and the approach road to the Kingsway Tunnel, was picked from a shortlist of five, which also included Pall Mall, Liverpool Waters, Wirral River Streets, and Knowsley Community College.

The site was largely owned by the Council, which approved a compulsory purchase order in March last year to buy up parcels of the site to allow the development to go ahead.

The project will see Merseyside Police relocate from its current Canning Place HQ, built in the 1970s, and the Police said the move would cost £780,000 cheaper than refurbishing the existing building, and would save the force £380,000 a year in running costs.

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