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

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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.          


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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