Following a competitive selection Calderpeel were selected by Derbyshire Police Force, the design team 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, early 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 many faces linked by a common architecture but responding differently to the site.