Merseyside Police HQ 1
The hub will see staff relocate from its Canning Place HQ

Merseyside Police £48m hub tops out

Dan Whelan

Contractor Willmott Dixon has completed the steel frame of the 137,000 sq ft police headquarters north of Liverpool city centre, which is scheduled to open in September 2021. 

Once complete, the Scotland Road facility is intended to accommodate 1,100 officers. 

Designed by Ryder Architecture, the project will see Merseyside Police relocate from its current Canning Place HQ, built in the 1970s. 

The new hub is expected to save the police force £250,000 a year in running costs, according to Merseyside police commissioner Jane Kennedy.

Kennedy first announced plans to build a modern headquarters for the force in September 2016 as part of her 10-year plan to modernise police stations and facilities.

The eight-acre site, which borders Scotland Road, St Anne Street and the approach road to Kingsway Tunnel, was selected from a shortlist of five sites, which also included Liverpool’s Pall Mall office development, Peel L&P’s Liverpool Waters, Wirral River Streets and Knowsley Community College. 

Merseyside Police Hub Topping Out

The socially distanced topping out ceremony took place on Friday

Construction of the facility began last September, with Willmott Dixon adopting strict social distancing practices during the Covid-19 pandemic to enable work to continue. 

Kennedy said: “Canning Place opened its doors in 1977 and it has been a loyal servant for the last 40 years, but, sadly, it is no longer fit for purpose and is very costly to run.  

“The force needs modern facilities and equipment that will make it more effective and efficient. This new headquarters will do just that.”  

Anthony Dillon, managing director of Willmott Dixon in the North, said: “Ensuring the Merseyside Police headquarters are futureproofed for the changing complexities of modern policing is critical.

“This this will be a quality and cost-effective environment to serve officers, PCSOs and staff for years to come.” 

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The old HQ is a key site for redevelopment, and a main focal point once the the old GQ is gone. Liverpool’s crying out for grade A office space. This could break the status quo and be on an equal footing, and make Chinese investors notice Liverpool.
There is something very wrong and counterproductive in the city’s development policies. I’ve always suspected it’s something deliberate, or maybe a secret deal done with the other city to designate that other city as a regional capital. Whatever it is, it needs to stop.

By Michael McDonut

First sensible comment I have heard Jane Kennedy make.

By Lizzy Baggot

@Michael…
Pretty sure Manchester has nothing to do with Liverpool’s development policies.
How pathetic.

By Anonymous

I wonder what we can blame Manchester for today

Good news, allowing prime water front space to be redeveloped, let’s see who can be interested especially in the post pandemic future that awaits us. I am weary that it will take a long time for things to get back to normal(if that), but we move forwards with aspirations to make Liverpool a great City again by our own determination and maybe more enlightend and positive local leadership.

By Liverpolitis

Shows that the current procurement frameworks have broken the old cronyism that has blighted Merseyside.

By John S

Please not apartments on the old station site.

By #officesmatter

Don’t suppose they could turn it into something that helps people get off the streets at night. Proudly displaying that Liverpool does care about its inhabitants. Right on the front for all to see.

By Emma C

Would like to have seen canning place police building stay and be used for poluce matters not another hotel !! And central for ant terrorist attacks as wirh being there people feel safer and deters any attacjs

By Jeannie ginger