Lincoln ‘Ryvita’ police station to be sold as part of £17m tri-service station plans

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Police officers currently based at West Parade station will be moved within the next two years following the approval of plans for a £17 million tri-service station on South Park.

Officers will move over from the West Parade station by March 2019 and the iconic building, often referred to by local residents as the ‘Ryvita building’, will be sold.

As previously reported, plans for ta base for police, fire and ambulance services in the city were approved at a meeting at Lincolnshire County Council on Monday, October 2.

The new station, as part of the Blue Light Collaboration Project, will feature a three storey building, with service specific office space, operational accommodation and shared areas.

Artist impression of the new shared Lincoln police, fire and ambulance station at South Park.

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones previously refuted claims that the station would be demolished, stating that it would be sold at a date to be finalised.

He explained that the West Parade station had “costly overheads and maintenance costs” and that the move would both save money and encourage greater collaboration.

Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones. Photo: The Lincolnite

Marc Jones added: “It is good news that permission has been granted for the new tri-service building and we can now get on with the work of creating effective and efficient services for the people of the city.

“This new station is a big step forward in ensuring that all our blue light services work together to help make and keep our communities and residents safe.”

Preparation works are now ongoing on the site, with the station and its 180 staff expected to be fully operational by March 2019.