Essex Police Headquarters
Appointed lead consultants, Colman Architects have completed the design and construction of the new police station in Great Dunmow, Essex after winning the European competition in March 2006.
The brief was to create a 27,000 sq ft contemporary structure with a budget of £5-6m that encompasses the responsibilities of the police today – a structure that is as appropriate to law enforcement as it is to the welfare of the public they serve.
With this challenge, Colman Architects has designed a contemporary structure that combines the use of zinc and cedar. This combination represents the intricate nature of modern police work. The structure is strong and bold. It is predominantly steel in order to provide a flexible workspace that can be easily adapted according to the changing demands of 21st century policing.
The completed building is unashamedly courageous with a strong sense of belonging within the community it serves in Essex.