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Combined Services, Llandrindod

Synopsis

We were commissioned to combine three distinct but essential public services under one roof, creating a first of its type project for Wales.


The Brief

With ongoing budget pressure in Wales for frontline services, sharing land and combined facilities made perfect sense. Plans were put in place to bring together several of the area’s biggest Local Authority agencies into a single, effective and efficient space. This project needed to combine Dyfed-Powys Police, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and HM Courts and Tribunals Service.

The area that was scoped out had challenging topography and needed to avoid the removal of large amounts of land.

Our Solution

This was a challenging project for our team. Merging the very different requirements of the three vital services required strategic planning that would allow each provision to operate and grow within one building.

The new accommodation we constructed includes an innovative fire station, police station and a magistrates court.

The fire and rescue service needed to replace Builth Wells as the new regional command centre. To meet these requirements we included garages, equipment stores and training areas.

The new police station now features a front desk, training suite and armed response unit. The magistrates court also includes a custody unit, courtroom and ancillary support suites.

We created combined shared facilities between the three agencies to save space and encourage interdisciplinary communication. These spaces include a conference and training centre, gymnasium and canteen. This has helped to increase the efficiency of the development and made any brand new facilities affordable to manage.

Our team put a great focus on the ecological impact of the centre to keep it inline with the country’s targets. We implemented a number of green features, including low emission boilers and reduced water consumption, while power is generated via a combined heat and power unit. The building is also has a green roof to help it blend with the surrounding countryside.

Lawray Architects are an affable bunch of people, easy to work with yet still very professional. That’s especially useful for clients who aren’t used to the everyday business of design, contractors and tenders. They approach the job and client as you would like to think you would do yourself with anyone working in unfamiliar territory.

Daniel Shaw

Torch Theatre General Manager