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'Green' station for boys in blue

Aylsham police station
The 755,000 'green' police station took eight months to build

An eco-friendly police station fitted with a wind turbine and a solar ventilator has opened in Norfolk.

Aylsham police station also has a sedum moss roof to insulate the building in the winter and uses sensors to switch off lights when they are not in use.

And the base to the station's car park was made with 150 tonnes of crushed recycled glass, instead of sand.

The 755,000 "green" station, an operational deployment base for local officers, took eight months to build.

The solar ventilator, at the station in Richard Oakes Road, acts as a natural air conditioning unit and a solar heating system provides free hot water for 70% of the year.

The wind turbine, partly funded by a government grant, generates electricity and sun-pipes allow natural light to most areas of the building - reducing utility costs.

'Minimal carbon footprint'

Stephen Bett, chairman of Norfolk Police Authority, said: "In this instance, we have something that is fit for purpose and cutting edge in terms of its green credentials."

Ch Con Ian McPherson, of Norfolk Police, said: "We've constructed an up-to date and dynamic working environment for operational policing as well as creating a minimal carbon footprint.

The new building replaces old premises which were deteriorating in condition and providing out-of-date, cramped and inadequate facilities for both officers and members of the public.

The new building, designed by architect Mark Camidge, has been nominated in the British Construction Industry Awards 2008.

Mr Camidge, of Chaplin Farrant in Norwich, said: "It is a credit to the Constabulary that not only are they prepared to invest in modern new facilities but also ones that incorporate the levels of sustainability that we have at Aylsham."

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