News Riba Launches Competition New Met Hq

RIBA has launched a competition on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) to create a new central London HQ – replacing the existing New Scotland Yard building.

The new HQ, to be called Scotland Yard, will involve the redevelopment of the existing and currently unoccupied Curtis Green building on Victoria Embankment, which originally formed an annexe to the building that was MPS’s headquarters from 1890 to 1967.

The site sits wihin the Whitehall Conservation Area and has views across the Thames to County Hall, Westminster Bridge and the London Eye.

The original building had no significant front entrance. So a new modern and highly visible entrance and reception will need to be an important part of the design.

Expressions of interest have to be submitted by 27 June, and five architects or practices will be selected to develop concept designs for the project. Each of them will receive an honorarium payment of £6,000 and be invited to present their proposals to a judging panel at a final assessment.

The MPS’s director of real estate development Roger Harding said: “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. 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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More details are available on the competition website.

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