Design for relocated Scotland Yard released

 
Image of what the new Scotland Yard will look like The world-famous Scotland Yard revolving sign will be retained

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The first image of what the relocated Scotland Yard could look like has been released.

The Metropolitan Police said architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris would be redeveloping its next HQ, at the Curtis Green Building on Victoria Embankment.

The Met is leaving nearby New Scotland Yard for the smaller premises in 2015.

A key design feature of the force's next base is a public open space, and the iconic revolving Scotland Yard sign will be transferred.

A number of architects responded to a design competition launched in May, with Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) emerging as the winning firm.

Other features of its successful submission include a new public entrance pavilion and extensions to the building itself.

'Respected brand'

As well as the revolving sign, the Eternal Flame and Roll of Honour will also make the journey from New Scotland Yard.

The Met said its next HQ would be known simply as Scotland Yard.

The move to the former Whitehall police station on the banks of the Thames is part of a plan to sell off about a third of the Mayor's Office of Policing and Crime (MOPAC) estate by 2016.

MOPAC owns about 500 buildings but has considered selling up to 200 of them including police stations, patrol bases and traffic garages.

The sell-off is part of the force's plans to save more than £500m over the next two-and-a-half years.

Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: "Scotland Yard is an internationally recognised and highly respected brand and the architects' final designs for the building will, we hope, reflect and enhance this status."

Deputy mayor for policing and crime Stephen Greenhalgh said: "Scotland Yard is returning to its historical home in Whitehall.

"The new, smaller Met HQ will help deliver a 21st Century police force and AHMM's design, which includes a public space, will help Londoners to reconnect with the Met."

 

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    Comment number 95.

    I know London space is at a premium but I was surprised how pokey and crammed in the current building appears to be. This design appears to be far more sympathetic with places like Somerset House than the nondescript 70s building they now occupy.

    As a non Londoner it looks how I'd expect a Metropolitan Police HQ to look. But I'd leave the spinning door wedge sign behind.

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    Comment number 67.

    I wonder how many compaining about spending the money have actually been in the current Scotland Yard?

    The new building will be cheaper to maintain, operate and will be better designed in terms of the work they carry out. The type of crimes they deal with has changed radically since it was built. And it will also create a lot contruction jobs which everyone keeps saying the government should do

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    Comment number 58.

    Can't they find an existing building and rebrand that -possibly even outside London. If this is a money saving exercise, they surely run the risk that (as the building inevitably goes over budget) it become a money costing exercise. I can't help feeling that we don't need tax-payers' future money going into the pockets of over-rated Architects.

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    Comment number 46.

    So they can save money by selling off 200 buildings...fine. But why, when budgets are squeezed, do they have to cancel out some of those savings by building a new HQ? It may be smaller, but I'd bet it will cost more in real terms than the old one did. How many more officers could be employed with that money?

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    Comment number 44.

    So, the government can afford to build a new police HQ, but allegedly cannot afford to pay the 16,000 police officers they have made redundant.

    That sounds like warped priorities to me.

 

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