Cambs fire control centre costing �160,000 a month to stand empty is finally to be sold

AGENTS have now been appointed by the Government to market the mothballed �23million office complex at Waterbeach that was created to house a regional fire control centre.

Since its completion in 2008 it has racked up monthly running costs of about �160,000

GVA has now been instructed to market the Zenith Control Centre – one of five purpose-built, high specification control centres on the market - on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Situated in Cambridge Research Park, the Zenith Control Centre extends to some 30,000 sq ft “and benefits from a fully secured environment in a readily accessible out-of-town, business park location off the A10”.

A spokesman for GVA said the self-contained three storey building incorporates office space and a double height control room suitable for a variety of uses. Other accommodation includes specialist equipment and plant rooms, storage space and full catering facilities.

“Available for immediate occupation, the building is accessed through a gate-house, fitted with comprehensive CCTV, and has diverse routeing of critical power and diesel powered standby generators fitted as standard,” said the spokesman.

“Other facilities include air-conditioning, fire suppression systems and rain water harvesting.”

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GVA believes the large control room could be used as a dedicated emergency response space, operations room, call/control centre or hi-tech teaching space and is well-suited to any occupier seeking well-specified, secure accommodation for immediate occupation.

Of the nine control centre buildings originally developed, four have been let to emergency services, one of which, in Fareham, Hampshire is to be used by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) as their new national Maritime Operations Centre.