Devon and Cornwall Police
HQ and Custody Facility

Devon and Cornwall Police
HQ and Custody Facility

Architecture

Police/Criminal Justice Centres

Contractor:
Willmott Dixon
Value:
£27.0m
Completed:
In progress

Devon and Cornwall Police commissioned Vincent and Gorbing to design a new police headquarters building in Exeter, covering approximately 9,500m² and incorporating a new 40-cell custody facility. A detailed planning application has been approved by Exeter City Council.

Throughout the detailed design phase, Vincent and Gorbing have presented their ideas to CABE and the Home Office Review Panel on four separate occasions.

On either side of the link block, the environments differ: on the western side, the public approach to the link is conceived as a pair of open arms welcoming the visitor, with the space between the two ‘hubs’ narrowing as the entrance gets closer. On the eastern side, the entrance to the link is tighter and ‘feels’ inherently more secure - this is where police staff arrive at work from the staff car park.

Vincent and Gorbing have designed several police buildings for different authorities and have acquired a wide range of background knowledge that informs new design work. The new project provided client with an aggregation of ideas from previous projects that benefits not only the built environment in which staff work and serve the public, but also the way in which the public perceive the police as a part of the community.

The practice places great emphasis on designing architecture of high quality and this approach has resulted in a significant media profile and industry recognition.

The practice places great emphasis on designing architecture of high quality and this approach has resulted in a significant media profile and industry recognition.

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