Ask:Goodman hand over Central Park police base

North Manchester Divisional Police has started moving into the new 125,000 sq ft headquarters in Central Park in east Manchester.

The Aedas-designed building has been officially handed over the by the Ask:Goodman development to Greater Manchester Police Authority of funding provided by GMPA and the Government.

David Burkinshaw, on behalf of developers, Ask:Goodman, said: "Ask:Goodman has now delivered a total of 700,000 sq ft of new business space in Central Park. The handover is a significant step forward for the Park and GMP's programme to replace existing facilities in order to improve services.

"Together with Force HQ, more than 1,500 people will occupy the two buildings. This will boost the vibrant business community already based here and proves that Central Park is an ideal location for many businesses."

Central Park is located just 1.5 miles from the city centre and, with its Transport Gateway providing a direct link to Manchester city centre and high quality office space, has proved to be major attraction for occupiers looking for an out of town location.

Cllr Paul Murphy, chairman of GMPA, said: "It's great to see this fantastic building come to life in the heart of the communities we serve. This has been in the planning for many years and, as with the new Force HQ just across the road, the North Manchester Divisional Headquarters will provide modern, fit-for-purpose facilities enabling officers and staff to work more efficiently and provide a police service to the residents of North Manchester, that is not only effective, but also represents value for money."

The dedicated Metrolink stop will be operational later this year.

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