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Police pick Stradform for centralisation job

CONTRACTS - CARDIFF

STRADFORM has landed a £16 million design and build contract to centralise the whole of Cardiff's police facilities.

The development for South Wales Police Service will involve demolishing a small office in Cardiff Bay called the Butetown police station, to make way for a four-storey divisional headquarters building.

The firm beat competition from Turner, Willmott Dixon, Leadbitter and Carillion, who originally tendered for the deal as Mowlem.

Incorporated in the scheme will be 60 custody suites that will serve the whole of Cardiff, a traffic control suite, canteen and a coroner's court.

Stradform is set to officially sign the contract in the next few weeks, with construction work beginning next month.

A source close to the project said: 'It has been a very long tendering process. We are now just waiting to sign all the documents.

'The only thing that is delaying us is waiting for the client to make sure the current building is vacated.'

The divisional headquarters building is set to be completed in March 2008.