Police station exterior
Police station exterior
Far shot

The Challenge

For the Lichfield Police Building Syntegral’s appointment started at Stage 4, with a review of the Stage 3 works prepared by the previous consultants. The brief was to bring investigative resources from across the south of the county, including CID officers, public protection, and forensic investigators, together, as one of three investigative hubs across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

It sees investigators and scientific experts working more closely with each other than ever before. The base houses the latest lab facilities, leading to the best quality investigations.

As most areas were mechanically ventilated from a central air handling unit within the roof plant area, design team coordination was a key focus for the project's success.

The new base was designed as a sustainable building, achieving a minimum Energy Performance Certificate Rating B, and a BREEAM New Construction rating of ‘Very Good’.

Client: Kier
Location : Lichfield
Sector: Public Sector
MEP Contractor: Webb Gray

The Solution

Our team undertook the design in Revit MEP to coordinate the central plant ventilation ductwork with the structural beams and other services. This allowed for early clash detection and ease of installation during the construction phase.

High performance building fabric, structural solar shading and low air permeability were adopted to reduce plant sizing and improve operating costs.

Highly efficient air source heat pumps provide heating, greatly reducing energy consumption. A roof-mounted PV array linked to the electrical supply reduces the amount of electricity consumed by the grid.

The project acquired BREEAM Very Good and EPC A ratings as a result of the design team’s approach to sustainable design.

This new centre of excellence will directly benefit crime victims throughout the south of the county by bringing police expertise in investigations and forensics under one roof.

Matthew Ellis, Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner

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