An ambitious project to create a new joint police and fire hub in the heart of Redditch is near completion. 

The flagship joint-hub project on Middle House Lane started two years ago and is set to bring the police and fire service under one roof. 

The project has been led by Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion in partnership with Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS). 

A lot has changed on the site since the work started, and after the main foundations were put in place, contractor Speller Metcalfe has been focusing on bringing the building's exterior to life to complete the hub. 

The hub is now on track to be completed by the autumn. 

 PCC John Campion said: "I've been very clear that when facilities do not meet the needs of local communities, I will take action.

"It’s encouraging to see the rapid development of a fit-for-purpose hub that will allow our services to deliver for the public.

"Investing in this building for both the force and fire service shows my commitment to ensuring police officers in Redditch are based at the very heart of the communities they proudly serve."

The new joint hub is almost complete The new joint hub is almost complete (Image: Speller Metcalfe)

Superintendent Mel Paley, North Worcestershire LPA Commander, said: "I’m delighted the new police and fire hub remains on track to be delivered by the end of this year.

"This new building will give our officers a modern platform with the very latest facilities and resources to protect and serve the people of Redditch.

"We look forward to moving in and making it our home as we continue our duty to keep residents safe 24/7."

The fire service said the hard work put into the project is a testament to the importance of collaboration between the emergency services. 

The new site will have state-of-the-art facilities for crews and is set to benefit the local community in Redditch. 

Ade Elliot, assistant chief fire officer at HWFRS said: "Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service have an ambitious property programme and Redditch Fire Station is part of that plan. 

"Following project approval by the Fire Authority we have worked extremely hard with the PCC and West Mercia Police to deliver this new facility, and this project is a testament to what collaboration can achieve.

"This new joint facility will enable HWFRS to continue to deliver our core strategies of; Prevention, Protection and Response to the community.

"The Fire Service, and of course local firefighters, are eager to move into the new building when completed later this year."

Mark Hudgeon, regional director at Speller Metcalfe, added: "You can now see how the project is coming together, with much of the work left to complete internal finishes and commissioning.

"This scheme has been a fantastic example of collaboration between the project team, and we’re delighted to help the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner in realising his aspirations to create a community-led hub that will support the residents, businesses and visitors of Redditch for years to come."