POLICE Scotland is set to relocate its Pitt Street operations in Glasgow to a new purpose built site early next year, following the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) acquisition of premises at the Clyde Gateway in Dalmarnock.
The move will see up to 1100 officers and staff from the current Pitt Street base relocated to the new Riverside East office, which has been specifically designed to meet the needs of Police Scotland.
The multi-million pound deal is the culmination of several years of partnership working among Clyde Gateway, the former Strathclyde Police and its Police Authority and – now – the SPA and Police Scotland.
Whilst much of the legal work has been undertaken by Police Scotland’s in-house Legal Services team, over the years they have been supported by external specialist professional advisers.
DLA Piper has recently provided advice to as part of that support.
Callum Sinclair, Partner for DLA in Scotland, said, “The decision to move to new tailor-made premises will enable improved performance, efficiency and effectiveness for Police Scotland.”
Barbara Dow, Legal Director for DLA in Scotland, added, “We are pleased to have been able to contribute towards the achievement of a solution which provides Scottish policing with substantial and effective accommodation.”
A vast regeneration programme continues to revive the east end of Glasgow, following the successful creation of world-class sports venues and significant improvement to the M74 motorway network.
The development of a new hub for Police Scotland is part of the ongoing agenda to bring investment and job opportunities.
John Foley, Chief Executive Officer of the Scottish Police Authority, said, “The SPA’s financial contribution to this project, together with that of the legacy authorities in the former Strathclyde area, is an important new step in providing a modern, efficient, and sustainable estate from which police officers and staff can support our communities.
“It is a sound investment for Scottish policing as a whole, and we are committed to working with partners to ensure it is part of a local success story too.”