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Three chase £11m police scheme

CONTRACTS - HERTFORDSHIRE

A MAJOR overhaul of Hertfordshire Police Authority's estates will see three centres built in a deal topping £30 million.

Three firms are currently lining up for an £11 million deal to build a police station in Hatfield, which will house the county's policing facilities for the central area.

Laing O'Rourke, Willmott Dixon and Carillion are all vying for the deal, which will see an old British Aerospace site redeveloped.

Two of the buildings will be upgraded and a third built to provide an adjoining structure linking them together. The new facilities will provide over 40 cells for prisoners.

Another development, which will centralise the police facilities for the eastern part of the county, is planned at Stevenage.

The western area is also set for an overhaul but details have yet to be confirmed.

Both sites will be worth around £10 million. No bidders have yet been confirmed.

A contract award on the Hatfield scheme is anticipated early next year, with construction work starting in February.