August 2018

New police station in Herning


Årstiderne Arkitekter is designing the new police station in Herning, which will serve as the headquarters of Central and West Jutland Police as well as the local police in Herning. 

The new police station will be a modern building with a strong architectural profile. At the same time, emphasis has been on creating a functional, flexible and stimulating workplace for all the police officers based in the new facility.

The new police station will be situated in Herning close to the busy city centre as well as the main thoroughfares and the city court.  The new police station covers approximately 1,900 square metres spread across three floors with varying functions – including detention cells and accompanying facilities, offices and a citizens’ reception area. In addition to the three floors, the complex includes a full basement level, underground parking and a secure drive-in enclosure.

The ambition of the winning proposal was to create a building which is consistent with police values, while supporting smooth and efficient workflows for the staff. At the same time, it is a carefully designed building integrating several functions under one roof.

“A police station will, by virtue of its role, always have a strong identity as a building, and we have therefore devoted considerable effort to incorporating the solid values of the police in the architecture, ensuring that it reflects what it is – a new base for the police in Herning, “says Peter Kristiansen, architect and Creative Manager at Årstiderne Arkitekter.

The floor and window layout has been designed with flexibility in mind, enabling the necessary adaptations to be made in step with any organisational changes over time. In addition, the focus has been on creating a good indoor climate. For example, all workplaces face east, west and north in order to avoid excessive build-up of heat from the south – in other words integrated architectural sun-screening.

The Danish Building and Property Agency is the developer on the project, and has been selecting the proposal based on the composition of the building, the architectural expression and the functional division of the different floors.

The winning proposal has been drawn up in cooperation with the project developer and turnkey contractor KPC and the engineering, design and consultancy company Ramboll. The construction of the new police station will begin in autumn 2018, with completion expected in autumn 2019.