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The University of Bath has announced plans to spend £4.5 million on Bath Police Station

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Written by: Liza-Jane Gillespie | Posted 22 July 2015 16:03

The University of Bath has announced plans to spend £4.5 million on Bath Police Station

The university bought the Manvers Street building from Avon and Somerset Police last year for £6.3 million.

It hopes to create a new city-centre learning zone providing study space, as well as rooms for group work and skills training.

The refurbishment programme is due begin shortly with the new facilities planned to be fully operational by the start of the 2016/17 academic year.

The university has already relocated staff from its finance and purchasing services into revamped office space in the building.

It hopes to transfer up to 200 staff to the site when the work is finished.

Professor Bernie Morley, deputy vice-chancellor, said: "Locating this new learning zone and services used by our students closer to where many of them are living will further enhance the help and support we are able to offer.

"This expansion of our activities in the city will also make an important contribution to the continued regeneration of the area around Manvers Street."

The remaining police officers are due to move out of the station at the end of the summer.

Police custody has already moved to Keynsham and there are plans for a new enquiry office co-located with Bath and North East Somerset Council on Manvers Street.

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