A consortium including the Bank of Scotland Corporate and Laing’s FM arm has been selected as preferred bidder for a £28m PFI for Cleveland Police.

The RHE consortium – made up of Reliance Secure Task Management, Bank of Scotland Corporate and Equion – has been named as the preferred bidder for a £28m PFI for Cleveland Police.

The development includes a divisional headquarters in Middlesborough with more than 50 cells. Property and construction consultancy McBains Cooper has been appointed consultant, providing architecture, structural and services engineering, cost management and health and safety services to the consortium.

The PFI development also includes building a new divisional HQ in Lanburgh, local police stations in Redcar and South Bank, and refurbishing the Hartlepool custody centre.

“The modern buildings and public square of the Middlesborough headquarters will be the first major building on the Middlehaven regeneration site,” said Keith Young, director of architecture at McBains Cooper. “The building will act as a catalyst for future development on the site.

The Middlehaven project is the brainchild of Will Alsop, who has drawn up futuristic designs to regenerate the neglected dock area. Although his proposed designs include buildings so striking they have acquired nicknames such as ‘Marge Simpson’s Hair’ the only building to be under construction so far is a rather more prosaic rectangular office block.