Mayor of London Boris Johnson has invited developers to submit plans to regenerate 22 hectare of the Metropolitan Police Peel Centre training headquarters at Hendon with 1,650 new homes
Money from the redeveloped neighbourhood will be ploughed back into the development of a new training facility.
The scheme is the first major project to be procured through the new London Development Panel, set up to fast-track public land disposal to boost construction and housing – reported sister title Construction News.
The site, currently owned by the mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, has been home to the training centre since 1934.
Outline proposals will see new homes, cycle routes, retail units, a primary school and a nursery created.
Johnson said: ‘This regeneration will create much-needed jobs and homes to drive growth in a vital area of north London, as well as bringing schools and parks to a thriving new neighbourhood.
‘The iconic Peel Centre has been at the heart of the Met for almost 80 years, and these proposals will cement Hendon’s future as one of the best police training grounds in the world.
‘What’s more, it will drive down costs and cut waste in the Met’s estate budget, helping us to maintain officer numbers and keep London’s streets safe.’
Metropolitan Police director of property services Jane Bond said: ‘The Peel Centre has a proud place in the history of the Met and a world-class reputation for police training.
‘We are undertaking the most significant transformation of the police estate in order to reduce running costs while investing in modern facilities that are fit for our officers, staff and the public.’