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Friday 05 Jun 2009

GMPA Force Headquarters approved for construction

Construction will be able to commence later in the year on the Greater Manchester Police Authority (GMPA) Force Headquarters as the full businesscase approval was awarded today. Located within Central Park, NewEast Manchester’s developing business park, the new £64M building will create a modern, state-ofthe-art corporate office facility which will help elevate Greater Manchester Police as a world-class leader inbusiness as well as law enforcement.

Working with Ask Goodman Developments Ltd and in response to detailed discussions andworkshops with the Greater Manchester Police, Aedas designed the 240,000 sq ft office to respondto complex inter-department relationships and operational aspirations. The six-storey stone andglass building offers a bright and open atmosphere that will be inviting to both staff and visitors.Aedas Director Dominic Manfredi noted: “We are delighted that the New Force Headquarters hasbeen given the go ahead and are pleased to have the opportunity to create a landmark building onthe Manchester skyline.”

Arranged around a dramatic central atrium, the open plan offices will be introduced to encourageinteraction and to strengthen communication between departments. Breakout pods have been addedwithin the core of the atrium, drawing staff to the nucleus of the building.

Ask Developments Director, David Burkinshaw said: “GMPA’s decision is great newsfor Central Park and the wider Greater Manchester area. Located on a prime plot adjacent to thenew Gateway transport interchange and Metrolink station, GMP will be moving in to an extremelysustainable and outstanding corporate HQ building. The relocation of more than 1,000 staff willsignificantly increase Central Park’s business community, creating a critical mass of 600,000 sq ftwhen the building completes.”

The building has been designed to achieve a BREEAM Rating of Excellent. It will utilise a numberof renewable energy technologies such as, solar thermal collectors and solar photo voltaic panels toachieve a 15% improvement on Building Regulation’s carbon emissions.

The programmed completion is anticipated for February 2011.

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