St Albans City and District Council’s City centre redevelopment plans have taken a significant step forward with the purchase of the former police station in Victoria Street.
The Council wants to rejuvenate St Albans City centre by building new offices, homes and retail units as well as improving public open spaces and walkways. This follows the public design charrette for the site organised by the independent, community-led group Look! St Albans, in September 2016.
Earlier this year, the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner agreed to sell the former police station to the Council following a competitive bidding process for the site. The Council completed the purchase on 25 October.
The Council is also planning to buy the former NHS Clinic off Bricket Road and is the preferred bidder for this site. Once this transaction completes, land the Council already owns to the north of Civic Close will be linked to the former police station site in the south.
Cllr Julian Daly, Commercial and Development Portfolio Holder for St Albans City and District Council, said: “We want to redevelop this part of the centre of St Albans in a cohesive way that benefits the whole community. The Council is already working on plans to redevelop the land it owns in the north of what is known as the City centre opportunity site. The purchase of the former police station in the south increases the footprint of our plans for the City centre rejuvenation project.”
Built in the 1960s, the former police station was closed in 2015 as it was no longer fit for purpose. A replacement police station has been operating at the Civic Centre offices since the closure.