Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)
Introduction and background
1. The M0PAC Estate Strategy 2013/16 has a strategic objective to provide a more efficient and higher quality estate with significantly lower running costs.
2. Hammersmith Police Station is considered a core operational site that will be retained on the longer term but will require significant investment as part of the Estate Transformation Programme.
3. The proposed redevelopment will provide 10,910 Gross Internal Area over six storeys which will accommodate a 30 cell custody suite, front counter facilities, deployment facilities and associated welfare facilities, catering provision, mounted branch facilities providing 18 loose boxes and 80 vehicle parking spaces.
Issues for consideration
4. During the period of the redevelopment programme of approximately 2 years the existing site will not be capable of supporting any activity including provision of the front counter service. Plans have been developed for borough teams to he re-located, front counter facilities will be located elsewhere temporarily and custody operations will take place of borough.
5. The 2016/17 Capital Programme includes a provision of f40.3m; the additional investment of £1 9.6m will be met by the re-profiling of alternative estates transformation projects.
6. The temporary relocation of costs of BOOk will be incurred due to relocating teams; this will be funded by the Major Change Programme Fund.
7. The redevelopment of Hammersmith Police Station, the associated release of Shepherd’s Bush Police Station and re-provision of Fulham Front Counter will deliver an estimated reduction in running costs of £400k by 201 8/19.
8. Section 6 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 provides the MOPAC must secure the maintenance of the MPS and secure that the MPS is efficient and effective.
9. In carrying out its functions the MOPAC may under paragraph 7 Schedule 3 of the Act do anything which is calculated to facilitate, or is conducive or incidental to the functions of the Office. This includes entering into contracts and other agreements, in addition to acquiring and disposing of property. The MOPAC has the power to dispose of surplus properties under paragraph 7(2) of Schedule 3 of the Ad.
10. The Commissioner may also do anything which is calculated to facilitate, or is conducive or incidental to acquiring and disposing of property but only with the consent of MOPAC under paragraph 4 (2) (b) of Schedule 4 of the Act.
11. Future investment in the core estate will ensure full compliance with the Equalities Act 2010 with regards to the provision of accommodation. Facilities for staff working in all buildings will be enhanced over time as investment is focused on those assets core to operations.
12. The equality and diversity implications for redevelopments are addressed within the Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Corporate Real Estate (CRE) Programme. The CRE EIA considers moves generally and advocates that building specific EIAs are conducted on a case by case basis. The Output Specification addresses equality/diversity including reference to those with caring responsibilities/disability, seeking out guidance from HR in order that issues can be managed locally. The Output Specification also asks questions regarding accessibility in order to feed into design and requirements for specialist kit. Property Services have aligned issues of equality/diversity within existing processes for relocating staff within the MPS Estate.