Police HQ officially opens
The Minister of State for Policing and Fire
Services has officially opened the new Lloyd House.
Nick Hurd MP joined the Police and Crime
Commissioner, David Jamieson, and Chief Constable, Dave Thompson,
for the ceremony.
The Birmingham building has been the force's
headquarters since 1974. Previously, it was the workplace for 800
staff and officers. As a result of the refurbishment the building
is now home to 1,500 staff. In the process, it has cut down on
expensive city centre rental costs - saving £3 million a year.
Lloyd House is already up and running and
As well as the Policing Minister, local young
people from West Midlands schools will also be part of the ceremony
to officially open the force's Headquarters.
The West Midlands Police and Crime
Commissioner David Jamieson said: "This building is saving us
money by cutting our rental bill by £3 million and reducing running
costs, as well as being a more efficient place for staff and
officers to work.
"I am delighted that the Policing Minister is
joining myself and the Chief Constable to officially re-open Lloyd
"As well as saving the force money year on
year, the refurbishment of this building supported local tradesmen
Chief Constable, Dave Thompson, said: "The
modernisation of Lloyd House formed part of our estates review in
2015 which looked to save £7.5-million of public money annually by
streamlining our forcewide property portfolio and making our
buildings more efficient.
"Lloyd House has been transformed almost
beyond recognition and has been brought right up to date; it now
has modern, open-plan work spaces which encourage interaction and
are a pleasure to work in. Lloyd House is a brilliant example of
how we've invested to save money in the long term."
Minister of State for Policing and Fire
Services, Nick Hurd MP, said:"I am very happy to join officers,
staff and local people to help officially re-open Lloyd House,
which is now a well-designed facility for 1,500 dedicated West
Midlands Police staff.
"Officer and staff in the West Midlands do an
excellent job keeping our communities safe and this refurbishment
will not only save money, but will also mean they will have an
improved working environment to carry out their vital duties."