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Work has started on a construction project that when completed will combine the police and fire service bases in Felixstowe, Suffolk.

Concertus is acting as Project Consultant for the scheme, which will transform the fire station in High Road West, by building an extension to provide new office accommodation for Suffolk Constabulary. Once complete, the two services will share the refurbished emergency services property and facilities, enabling them to work jointly and operate in a more cost effective way.

Dave Pedersen, Group Commander Programme Manager for Suffolk Fire & Rescue commented: “Major benefits can be achieved by bringing together blue light services and we are delighted that Concertus is involved with the project. They have already played a large part in helping Fire and Police collaborations become a reality in areas of Suffolk and this success is testament to the hard work, enthusiasm and passion of their team.”

A ground breaking ceremony was held at the end of October, to celebrate the start of the project, which was attended by Suffolk’s Police & Crime Commissioner and Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Protection, along with the team from Concertus, Felixstowe Mayor, Suffolk Fire Chief, Chief Constable and main construction contractor Brooks and Wood.

Andrew Rowe, Managing Director at Concertus added: “We are proud of our relationship with Suffolk Fire and Police, which has been built on our endeavours to work collaboratively with all stakeholders to achieve the vision for more cost effective and efficient blue light services in the county. A vision, which will continue to flourish as collaborations like these in Suffolk become a Government requirement.”

This will be the seventh shared community fire and police facility in Suffolk that Concertus has been involved in, with stations already operating in Woodbridge, Ixworth, Elmswell, Debenham, Clare and Framlingham.

Other future projects include plans to create a shared station in Saxmundham, with a station in Newmarket also likely to follow in the new year.

The scheme in Felixstowe is due to be completed by the spring of 2017.

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