DERBYSHIRE POLICE & FIRE HEADQUARTERS
Following a competitive selection process the design team were selected by Derbyshire Police Force from a short list of around twenty. Calderpeel Architects led the process and worked closely with the police force to explore their accommodation aims and options. Refurbishment options were explored and rejected because of the ageing building stock. Once the decision had been made, fairly early on in the design process to also house the fire service it was apparent that the site required a significantly sized new building.
Now the building form and position are evident it does appear an obvious solution. However managing to create an appropriate scaled building that would accommodate the personnel, link to the existing buildings and pay due respect to the adjacent listed buildings was a challenge to which the team rose.
The creation of a dynamic plan form divided but united by an atrium. It is a building that is not only functional but also has a number of faces linked by a common architecture but responding differently to the site.