The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has launched a new competition on behalf of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to design a new central London headquarters for the MPS.
The new headquarters, to be known as Scotland Yard, will be built by redeveloping the existing Curtis Green MPS building located on Victoria Embankment, London.
Named after architect William Curtis Green, the Curtis Green Building will be built within the Whitehall Conservation Area between the Norman Shaw Building and the Ministry of Defence.
The original building, constructed as an annexe to the original New Scotland Yard, had no front entrance.
A new entrance and reception are planned as per the new design.
MPS director of real estate development Roger Harding said, "The transformation of Curtis Green fits with our wider objective to deliver a more efficient and higher quality estate, which meets the operational needs of the Met and is significantly lower in cost to run."
The new New Scotland Yard (NSY) plan is part of MOPAC’s plan to sell approximately 300,000m² of real estate it owns over the next three years.
London deputy mayor for policing and crime Stephen Greenhalgh said that selling off underutilised and unoccupied buildings will cut the running costs of the Met’s estate by £60m – money that will be used to pay for 1,200 extra police officers across London’s boroughs over the next three years.
‘This strategy should generate at least £300m, which will be ploughed back into the remaining buildings so that a run down, largely Victorian police estate is fit for the 21st century," Greenhalgh said.
The new building will have up to 950 modern cells, which will help MPS to cut down the time it takes to process people in custody.
MPS deputy commissioner Craig Mackey said this is the most significant transformation of the police estate in the history of the MPS.
"The changes proposed will help us to save on running costs and sell properties that are no longer required, allowing us to invest in modern facilities that are fit for our officers, staff and the public," Mackey added.
RIBA is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from global architects and practices, following which up to five architects/practices will be invited to develop concept designs for the project.
Image: The new headquarters will be known as Scotland Yard. Photo: Courtesy of Man vyi.