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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

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Cumbrian firm lands £8.5m deal to build police station

A west Cumbrian building firm has landed a contract to build a new £8.5m police station in the county.

Thomas Armstrong (Construction), which was founded in Cockermouth and is now based in Maryport, will build the new facility in Barrow.

It is hoped the new police station will be operational in 2015.

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes said: “People will benefit locally as well with Furness Enterprises being used to promote the local labour and supply chain.

“Work is currently underway to conclude the contract formalities. Subject to final detailed planning permission, construction is expected to start on land owned by the police and crime commissioner for Cumbria at Andrews Way, Barrow, in early autumn.”

The project is part of the joint Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Cumbria Constabulary’s estate strategy to improve its estate and provide “sustainable, efficient and fit for purpose accommodation for its officers and staff”.

Some officers currently located in the Ulverston police station will also transfer to the new station.

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