A County Durham police station is to be demolished and replaced with a larger building, it has been announced.
Newton Aycliffe police station was built in 1972, but recent surveys have revealed the building is already at the end of its working life.
The station houses 150 staff, but has been described as "inefficient" because of a lack of floor space.
Work is expected to start later this year, once cost has been agreed on and temporary accommodation has been found.
Durham Chief Constable Jon Stoddart said: "The design and construction of the existing building has caused long-term problems which were simply not foreseen.
"For some years now we have been aware the police station has become increasingly dilapidated and the situation had reached the stage where simply patching things up was no longer an option.
"We are committed to building a long-term base for police officers and staff in Newton Aycliffe and the option we have gone for represents the best in terms of value for money and also to benefit the community."