Aviva Commercial Finance lends £104m on its first police project

Article date: 25 May 2012

Aviva Commercial Finance is pleased to announce that it has provided over £104 million of senior debt to fund the delivery of two new West Yorkshire Police Authority divisional headquarters (DHQs), custody suites and a specialist operational training facility.

The loan is provided to West Yorkshire PFI Operational Training and Accommodation Ltd, which has been awarded the contract to design, build, finance and service the new West Yorkshire facilities. The consortium is led by construction and support services specialists Interserve and Equitix, the infrastructure investor and developer.

Planning permission has been secured for all three facilities, and construction is due to commence in June 2012, with the first facility coming in to use in December 2013. 

The new divisional headquarters and custody facilities will be located in Leeds and Normanton. The new specialist operational training centre will be located next to the force’s operational support division at Carr Gate in Wakefield and will include state of the art firearms training ranges, public order and driver training facilities.

Kevin Sale, commercial finance director at Aviva, said: “We’re really pleased to have been able to extend our lending to the police sector on this project, working together with West Yorkshire Police Authority, Interserve and Equitix to provide three valuable police facilities for this community. Aviva Commercial Finance provides long term, fixed rate debt across a number of sectors and this scheme represents a good long term investment for Aviva and our customers.”

Sir Norman Bettison, chief constable for West Yorkshire Police, said: “These fantastic facilities will enable us to deliver an even better service which is flexible and responsive to the needs of local people, supporting the drive to continue to improve public confidence and user satisfaction.” 

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