Middlemoor Criminal Justice Centre


  • Client

    Devon & Cornwall Police

  • Contractor

  • Value


  • Completion Date

    February 2020

aerial shot of building

The Challenge

The main challenges relating to this project were optimising the design to meet budget and making sure the design of the custody cells were Ministry of Justice compliant.

The Solution

Early appointment formed an ‘integrated team’ newly formed with common agreed objectives were able to de-risk prior to any works commencing on site. This aided and protected final account predictability which contributed to completing on time and on budget.

Built to Ministry of Justice standards using the Yellow book design guide providing first-class accommodation for solicitors and partners has been incorporated in the design, including interview rooms and medical suites. The custody centre will use modern technology to monitor the health of vulnerable detainees and offers a virtual courts system. The linked-hub buildings provide modern office and meeting space for all operational police functions.

exterior shot of middlemoor

The Results

Completed on time and on budget. Willmott Dixon worked collaboratively with their Works Partner of the Year, Stephenson Group, to reduce the in-situ concrete frame programme by 12 weeks Exeter Police Station met all the requirements for Time, Cost and Quality achievements: defect free, on budget and handed over on time after being completed two weeks early. The project used 67% Mandated Suppliers and 82% Cat A suppliers, proving that building closer relationships builds trust and improves quality and service BREEAM Excellent certification accredited to design stage and is in UK’s top 10% sustainable buildings.


6 work placements and 6 ex-offenders trained in Willmott Dixon’s Building Lives Academy



within 50 miles of the site

SME Spend


Added Value


Client Satisfaction

Client Testimonials

“In a crisis our police force has demonstrated an ability to be extraordinarily agile, and the early opening of the station is an example of that”

“There has been a huge amount of work going on behind the scenes to make this happen – mostly around IT systems, and I’d like to thank those who have put in a Herculean effort to make this happen as one part of our response to this serious public health crisis.”

Contractor Performance | Commitments


99% of regular payments and payment periods did not exceed 30 days


The facility uses 22% less energy than a traditional building of the same size, generates 68kwh of electricity a year from solar panels and carbon generated from its construction has been offset




Held 100 school children visits

1,600 students engaged at career events and workshops

2 ex-military personnel joined the construction industry


Zero defects at handover & aftercare

SCF Framework Manager

Kingsley Clarke

Email: kingsley.clarke@devon.gov.uk

Phone: 07805760622

Contractor Framework Manager

Guy Dawes

Email: guy.dawes@willmottdixon.co.uk

Phone: 07989179444