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New police divisional HQ confirmed

A new £56 million police divisional headquarters has been confirmed for north Manchester.

Construction at Central Park in Newton Heath is expected to start next month, subject to final approval, and is due to be finished in September 2011.

Greater Manchester Police Authority follows confirmed its plans for the new site following plans to house the GMPA’s main 240,000 sq ft HQ at the same park.

In the revamp, Bootle Street, Newton Heath and Grey Mare Lane police stations will shut. Bootle Street and Grey Mare stations will be sold when the market improves and Newton Heath is expected to be disposed of in November 2011.

Collyhurst Police Station is to be refurbished from November 2011, a new city centre enquiry policing post will be created, and accommodation will be provided for a Neighbourhood Policing Team at Bradford Park.

Custody facilities at the sites to go and at Collyhurst will be replaced by one facility to hold 30 cells on the same site as the new divisional headquarters.

The new development comes from Ask:Goodman, a joint venture between Ask Developments and Goodman, on behalf of urban regeneration company New East Manchester.

David Burkinshaw, director at Ask Developments said: “The creation of a new divisional headquarters for Greater Manchester Police, subject to the government confirming the promised funding, is extremely positive for Central Park and we look forward to receiving formal approval in due course.”