Non-confidential facts and advice to the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime (DMPC)
1. Introduction and background
1.1 In March 2016, approval was given for the sale of surplus land at Paddington Green and the funding for the development of a new building on the retained part of the site including the construction of a new front counter. The front counter and the Safer Neighbourhood (Northern Team) would both need to be relocated to temporary premises while the Paddington Green site is being redeveloped.
1.2 The MPS has now decided to permanently relocate the front counter and the Safer Neighbourhood (Northern Team) to premises owned freehold by Westminster City Council (WCC). The location at 80A and 88 Church Street is more central than Paddington Green.
1.3 The permanent move to Church Street will remove the need to find temporary accommodation for the front counter and the Safer Neighbourhood (Northern Team).
2. Issues for consideration
2.1. The relocation of the front counter and the Safer Neighbourhood (Northern Team) is supported by WCC and the Borough Commander. WCC is hopeful the relocation will assist in the regeneration of this part of the borough and discussions are ongoing with WCC to explore the potential for an element of shared community use of the facility.
2.2. These are discussed further in the Part 2.
3. Financial Comments
3.1. The running costs are estimated to be £112,000 and will be met from the existing budget provision.
3.2. The cost of fitting out the new facilities at Church Street is provided for in the capital programme. The funding will be used to cover the pre-construction design services and the procurement of a main contractor for the construction.
3.3. These are discussed further in the Part 2.
4. Legal Comments
4.1. In carrying out its functions, MOPAC may, under paragraph 7, Schedule 3 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (“the Act”) “do anything which is calculated to facilitate, or is conducive or incidental to, the exercise of the functions of Office”. This includes, entering into contracts and other agreements, in addition to acquiring and disposing of property (including land). MOPAC has the power to dispose of surplus properties (including land) under paragraph 7 (2) (b) of Schedule 3 of the “the Act”.
5. Equality Comments
5.1. Future investment in the estate will ensure full compliance with the Equalities Act 2010 with regards to the provision of accommodation. Facilities for staff working in all buildings will be enhanced over time as investment is focused on those assets core to operations.
5.2. The equality and diversity implications for redevelopments are addressed within the Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Corporate Real Estate Programme (CRE). The CRE EIA considers moves generally and advocates that building specific EIAs are conducted on a case by case basis. The User Output Specification addresses equality/diversity including reference to those with caring responsibilities/disability, seeking out guidance from HR in order that issues can be managed locally.
5.3. The User Output Specification also asks questions regarding accessibility in order to feed into design and requirements for specialist kit (OH chairs, ICT software, raised desks, etc.). Property Services Department have aligned issues of equality/diversity within existing processes for relocating staff within the MPS Estate.
6. Background/supporting papers