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1 March 2016, 16:31
The Northamptonshire Police Commissioner Adam Simmonds has announced today an agreement's been reached to closed the county's Force Headquarters building.
Following a short public consultation on the future of the site, Commissioner Simmonds will says the site will now be used as a base for the new Wootton Park School, with places being offered to the first cohort of students today.
Work on the access roads was approved last year and publicity for the new school had already been produced to attract new pupils to the school from this September, even though they'll temporary buildings through the first school year.
The decision comes two weeks after the Commissioner formally approved the construction of two new Northamptonshire Police buildings in the north of the county – the Northamptonshire Police Investigation Centre and Northern Accommodation Building, situated just off the A43 next to the A6003 between Kettering and Corby – following discussions with Chief Constable Simon Edens, who confirmed the operational significance of the buildings and that they support the force’s primary purpose of protecting the people of Northamptonshire from harm.
It is anticipated that building work will be completed by spring 2017, while the new premises will provide work space for approximately 350 staff.
Despite making the formal announcement today; adverts for school were already published last year and the school itself was advertising itself online last Autumn. Work on new access roads have also already begun along the Mere Way in Northampton.