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AHMM wins planning for new Met Police HQ

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) has been given the green light for the Metropolitan Police Service’s new HQ on Victoria Embankment, London

The project will see the 1937 Curtis Green Building revamped and extended to form a new home for the police force, which is set to move out of its current New Scotland Yard home at 10 Broadway, taking its famous rotating sign with it.

The building will house up to 1,000 officers and staff and will include public access and event spaces, open-plan offices, and an ‘iconic blue line beacon’.

A glazed entrance pavilion will be created, giving views into the building from the newly landscape public realm, while a rooftop pavilion extends the building at the seventh storey.

The Curtis Green Building, named after its architect, sits within the Whitehall Conservation Area between the Norman Shaw Building and the Ministry of Defence. It faces onto the Victoria Embankment with views across the River Thames to London County Hall, Westminster Bridge and the London Eye.

The AJ100-practice won the job in October last year, seeing off competition from Foster + Partners, Allies and Morrison, Keith Williams Architects and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands.

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Project data

Location Victoria Embankment, London 
Type of project Office 
Client Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime for the Metropolitan Police Service
Architect AHMM
Specialist architect Haverstock
Planning consultant DP9
Townscape consultant Peter Stewart Consultancy
Structural engineer Arup
M&E consultant Arup
Landscape architect Gillespies
CDM coordinator Turner & Townsend
Project management EC Harris

Previous story (AJ 14.10.14)

AHMM wins new Met Police HQ contest

Unstoppable AJ100 top-ten practice AHMM has won the contest to design the Metropolitan Police Service’s new HQ on Victoria Embankment, London

The fast-growing company, which is working on Google’s new headquarters at King’s Cross and landed the overhaul of the former Guardian building earlier this year (AJ 19.07.13), saw off Fosters + Partners, Allies and Morrison, Keith Williams Architects and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands to win the project to revamp the 1937 Curtis Green Building.

The police force is to move out of its current New Scotland Yard home at 10 Broadway (completed in 1967), taking its famous rotating sign with it, after it was put up for sale last year as part of a cost-cutting exercise.

The Curtis Green Building, named after its architect, sits within the Whitehall Conservation Area between the Norman Shaw Building and the Ministry of Defence.

As well as extending the existing building, AHMM worked with Haverstock to create a new entrance pavilion and open up the public spaces around it.

Bill Taylor, RIBA Competitions Adviser: ‘Through the careful extension of the public realm across the site and consideration of its neighbours in massing and materiality terms, these proposals will serve to strengthen this cohesion.

‘Weaving the heritage and culture of the Metropolitan Police into the fabric of the building and the spaces that surround it,  the proposals strike a balance between respect for what already exists and the desire of the client to present a new, open and progressive face to the community they serve.’

In May AHMM was named the AJ100’s fastest-growing practice, with a 55 per cent growth in total fee earnings last year, up from £10.5 million to £16.3 million (AJ 08.05.13).

Previous story (AJ 20.09.13)

Revealed: designs by finalists in new Met Police HQ contest

The concept schemes for the revamp of the 1937 Curtis Green Building - the police force’s proposed new home – have been drawn up by AHMM, Fosters + Partners, Allies and Morrison, Keith Williams Architects and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands.

The police force is to move out of its current New Scotland Yard home at 10 Broadway (completed in 1967) with its famous rotating sign, after it was put up for sale last year (2012) as part of a cost cutting exercise.

Named after its architect, the Curtis Green Building sits within the Whitehall Conservation Area between the Norman Shaw Building and the Ministry of Defence. It faces onto the Victoria Embankment with views across the River Thames to London County Hall, Westminster Bridge and the London Eye.

All five practices were interviewed today. The schemes will go on public display tomorrow (21 September).

Previous story (AJ 30.07.13)

Unveiled: big names shortlisted for new Met Police HQ

AHMM and Fosters + Partners have been named on a five-strong shortlist in the contest to design the new HQ for the Metropolitan Police Service on London’s Victoria Embankment

The practices are joined by Allies and Morrison, Keith Williams Architects and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands vying for the job which will see the police force move out of its current New Scotland Yard home at 10 Broadway into the smaller, 1937 Curtis Green Building, named after its architect William Curtis Green.

The London-based practices, three of whom appear in this year’s A100, were picked from a ‘world class field of national and international award-winning practices’.

Roger Harding, the police’s director of real estate development said: ‘The competition generated considerable interest…. and the selection process was exceptionally difficult, but we are delighted to have five such high quality architects on our shortlist for this important building.’

‘We look forward to seeing a winning design that respects the history of the Curtis Green Building while reflecting the MPS need to modernise our estate.’

Shortlist in full

  • Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • Allies and Morrison
  • Foster and Partners
  • Keith Williams Architects
  • Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

The Curtis Green Building sits within the Whitehall Conservation Area between the Norman Shaw Building and the Ministry of Defence.  It faces onto the Victoria Embankment with views across the River Thames to London County Hall, Westminster Bridge and the London Eye.

The shortlisted teams in the RIBA-backed contest will present their concept designs to the judging panel in September 2013. 

Previous story (AJ 20.05.13)

Bye bye New Scotland Yard: contest launched for new Met Police HQ

The RIBA has launched an international competition to design the new headquarters for the Metropolitan Police Service on London’s Victoria Embankment

The police force is to move out of its current New Scotland Yard home at 10 Broadway (completed in 1967) with its famous rotating sign, after it was put up for sale last year as part of a cost cutting exercise.

The design contest will look at how to relocate hundreds of officers and support staff into the smaller, 1937 Curtis Green Building, named after its architect William Curtis Green.

Formerly the Whitehall police station, the unoccupied riverside building close to the House of Parliament between the Norman Shaw Building and the Ministry of Defence will be revamped and could house around 950 cells ‘to help reduce the time it takes to process people in custody’. The brief also calls for a ‘new modern, efficient and highly visible entrance and reception’.

The competition launch comes less than a year (see AJ 12.07.2012) after Ian McChesney Architects and Atkins completed the redesign of the public realm outside New Scotland Yard (pictured)

Expressions of interest for the are sought from practices anywhere in the world, following which up to five architects will be invited to develop concept designs for the project. 

Each of the shortlisted teams will receive an honorarium payment of £6,000 (+VAT).

The Judging Panel will include architect Bill Taylor, Taylor Snell acting as the RIBA Adviser.

For further details and how to register for the competition please visit www.architecture.com/competitions and follow the link to Live Competitions. 

The deadline for entries is 2.00pm on Thursday 27 June 2013.          

Comment:

Roger Harding the Met Police’s director of real estate development
‘The opportunity to create  a modern efficient working environment for the Met’s future headquarters, with world-class architecture that provides value for money and is alive to the history of the building provides a wonderful challenge.  We look forward to working with RIBA as the competition progresses and to seeing the designs.  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.’

 

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