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Police Firearms and Public Order Training Centre

This regional centre located at Wootton Hall Park and funded by the Home Office provides state of the art Police training in the use of firearms and the control of public order situations.

BCAL were commissioned at concept by the client to provide design advice for the complex structural requirements.

The main structure contains a 50m, 8 lane firing range with a 20m clear span, an interactive range using the latest visual technology, lecture spaces and support areas.

An energy absorbing mass structure was designed to reduce the sound of guns and rifles from 130dB at the firing point to 50dB outside the building. Particular attention was needed to the separation joints necessary to reduce sound transmission through the structure and to support the complex plant required to extract the lead from the atmosphere.

Client : Northamptonshire Police

Architect : Northamptonshire County Council with Howard Fairbairn & Partners

Contractor : Llewellyn Construction