Guelph Police Headquarters renovation

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About the project

Guelph is a growing city. To keep pace and continue providing high quality police services, the Guelph Police Service (GPS) is growing too.

GPS headquarters is undergoing an expansion and renovation to meet the needs of our community’s police services today and 25 years from now. This work will bring the facility up to today’s health and safety standards, provide the appropriate space—long-term—for police operations and personnel, and replace the building’s aging equipment.

The headquarters building is located at 15 Wyndham Street South, and bounded by Fountain, Freshfield and Farquhar streets.

 

See the construction progress

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Guelph Police Service headquarters renovation

Timelapse videos

Watch our time lapse video of the expansion construction on the headquarters building.

East side: April 26 to July 18, 2017

West side: December 14, 2016 to July 12, 2017


View previous time lapse videos

Scope of work

The renovation includes gutting and rebuilding the inside of the existing building and the expansion includes the construction of two new wings.

  • West wing will be four storeys high with indoor parking on the two lower levels for the police fleet, office space on the third floor and the fourth floor shell will accommodate future growth. Consideration for an additional two stories has been factored into the design.
  • East wing will include the new main entrance and community room accessible from Wyndham Street.

Design highlights

  • enhanced security features
  • designed to withstand a major disaster (e.g. earthquake)
  • a multi-functional room for community groups to use
  • private interview rooms
  • enhanced efficiency of space and layout e.g. situating those interacting with the community in close proximity to each other and the main entrance
  • legislative compliance for detainees’ health, safety and legal rights, monitoring, security
  • effective, environmentally-friendly and cost effective heating/cooling systems and lighting

Budget and financing

City Council approved a $34.1 million budget for this project in 2014, which will be funded through:

  • development charges – $14.8 million
  • tax funded Police Capital reserve – $3 million
  • tax funded debt – $16.3 million

Timeline

The construction work is expected to take 154 weeks to complete and is scheduled to start April 2016 and end in the spring of 2019.

Construction preparation: February to May 2016
Phase 1 – East and west wing expansions: May 2016 to November 2017
Phase 2 – Renovation: December 2017 to February 2019
Post construction work: February to spring 2019

Quarterly updates

2017

2016

Project partners

Parking and construction impacts

On-street parking options in the area have changed to accommodate this construction project. For more information about downtown parking visit guelph.ca/parking.

Resources

History

  • Guelph’s first police station was constructed in 1856 and was a part of the town hall and market house. The building included a police office and lock-up.
  • In 1900, the police department moved to its own building in the “Annex” located behind the court house on Carden Street. By this time, Guelph’s population was about 12,000 people.
  • As Guelph’s population grew to 38,000 in 1959, the police station on Wyndham Street was built.
  • In 1989, the Wyndham Street building was retrofitted and a west wing was added.

1959 – view of the headquarters building from Fountain Street

1989 – view of the headquarters building from Fountain Street

Contact

Scott Stewart, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer
Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2445
scott.stewart@guelph.ca