Clough Road Police Station, Hull

Everything in order for the law

“The facility sets the standard for our future buildings and enables us to improve operational efficiencies by having most teams in one place.” That was the verdict on the new Clough Road Police Station from Phil Goatley, Assistant Chief Officer at Humberside Police.

Project details

  • Customer: Humberside Police
  • Architect: Jacobs UK
  • Quantity surveyor: Jacobs UK
  • Structural engineer: Jacobs UK
  • M&E services engineer: Jacobs UK

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250 Fact icon weeks of time was provided for 15 apprentices on the project
30% Fact icon energy is generated on site through renewable technologies
730 Fact icon people work at Clough Road, including officers and civilian staff

By around 2007 it was clear that the force had outgrown its old custody suite and divisional headquarters at Queens Gardens in the centre of Hull.

In 2009, Humberside Police bought an eight-acre site – a former gasworks on the edge of town – with a plan to build a state-of-the-art new facility incorporating green technologies and innovative solutions for a building that has to withstand some pretty rough treatment.

Safe and secure

The new Clough Road police station has 40 cells, built to minimise potential harm to detainees and comply with tight Home Office guidelines.

For example, it includes a specialist fire misting system – the first of its kind installed in the UK – with ductwork to ensure detainees will be safe in the custody suite if a fire were to break out in one of the cells.

High levels of security have been designed in. This includes specialist glazing around the large areas of curtain wall, security bollards and gates, and electronic personnel access systems. 

Sustainable and local

The building achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating. It features sustainable drainage systems in the car park, wind turbines, green roofs, photovoltaic cells and a biomass boiler.

Both BAM and the customer were determined to make sure the local community benefitted from the project. That meant working with local sub-contractors and encouraging apprenticeships.  

But as Assistant Chief Officer Phil Goatley summed up: “The most important element to us is the quality of the build and finish of the custody suite which is excellent. The project management of the site as a whole has exceeded our expectations and we would not hesitate to recommend BAM.”