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Cheadle Heath Police Station, Stockport, England.

GMPA PFI Accommodation Project

Vercity helped manage the process of design, construction and financing of the Greater Manchester Police Authority (GMPA) accommodation project. We continue to oversee ongoing operations and maintenance.

Sector

Emergency Services

Client

Greater Manchester Police Authority on behalf of Services Support (GMPA) Limited

Project value

£75m (Original construction cost)

The project

Spread out over several sites, the Greater Manchester Police accommodation site spans 113,161 m2. The project agreement was signed in December 2002 and the contract expires in March 2030. The Project consists of the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of 16 police stations in Greater Manchester. There is currently a large variation ongoing for the conversion of one of the stations into a forensic investigation unit at Chadderton.

Approach

Spread out over several sites, the Greater Manchester Police accommodation site spans 113,161 m2. The project agreement was signed in December 2002 and the contract expires in March 2030. The Project consists of the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of 16 police stations in Greater Manchester. There is currently a large variation ongoing for the conversion of one of the stations into a forensic investigation unit at Chadderton.

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Process

Our established consultancy services provide support to project teams internally, working closely to deliver a high-quality service to the GMPA. By aligning the terms on which the FM provider does business, we help ensure that operations run smoothly. To ensure compliance, we continuously review costs and assess quality and service delivery so that GMP can operate with confidence.

Result

Through successful collaboration, Vercity oversaw the design and construction phases of the project and continues to oversee its financing, maintenance and contractual compliance. With one of the redundant stations now being converted into a forensic investigation unit, the project continues to create a positive impact for the public sector, while maintaining investor returns.

Project Impact

The project has received several awards, including a Greater Manchester Police Star Award and a COVID-19 Service Award in recognition of the facilities management staff who went over and above during the pandemic. In keeping with our commitment to environmental, social, governance principles, the project has also contributed to the annual maintenance of a memorial to two officers who lost their lives while on duty.   

“Vercity delivers a comprehensive and flexible SPV management service to the Greater Manchester Police project. The whole team, from general management to specialist services such as lifecycle advisors, are reactive and responsive addressing the needs of both the Project Co board but also, and possibly more importantly, those of the Police Authority and end-users. Following the demise of Carillion in January 2018, Vercity was instrumental in ensuring the project sites continued to operate smoothly and successfully managing the transition to a new FM provider”.

Steph Exell, Director, Services Support (GMPA) Limited

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