Southampton police’s Operational Command Unit, designed by international architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan and built by Kier Southern, has officially opened. The landmark eight storey building, located on the western approach to the city, comprises a new police station for the Hampshire Constabulary, headquarters building and custody suite which houses 36 cells. The southern and northern elevations are finished with natural stone, which is contrasted by the predominantly glazed east and west elevations, giving a light modern feeling. Vertical louvres are attached to the elevations in a staggered pattern, changing the appearance of the building when viewed from different directions. The public entrance is marked by a double height canopy and generous public plaza, which is both welcoming and formal.
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