September 2017

Start Date

February 2020

Completion Date

JCT 2011 D&B

Contract type

Key project facts

  • A new 40-cell custody suite, with a policing base for  up to 450 police officers; a true bluelight hub for the region
  • Adding to the established police headquarters site, the new facility will improve custody for detainees, and create a better working environment for police and crime staff
  • In contrast to the existing 1950s custody suite, where detention officers worked in basements, our design is an appealing place to work. It’s carefully formulated to improve processing times, comply with affray route requirements and optimise space
  • The resulting scheme has an inspiring, open-plan office space that gives staff outside views. There are breakout spaces and private telephone booths, as well as a focus on natural light and optimal acoustics
  • Includes state of the art equipment such as TreadFinder technology, video links and biometric recording, enabling officers to be more efficient in processing detainees, and get back out policing the street


Waste diverted from landfill


Within the top 10% of sustainable buildings in the UK


Customer Satisfaction Score

“Willmott Dixon have continued to invest in communities across Devon – working with the police and other partners on lots of projects including with ex-offenders, schoolchildren and in diverse communities. At a time when police budgets are high on the agenda it is good for the public to be able to see how the money they spend on their police is being invested.”

Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall