A shortlist of five designs for the Metropolitan Police Service’s (MPS) new London office building has been unveiled to the public by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Mayor of London’s Office.
Designs for the project have been submitted by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), Allies & Morrison, Foster + Partners, Keith Williams Architects, and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands.
The MPS announced last year (2012) that it was selling its current Westminster headquarters, New Scotland Yard, as part of cost-cutting measures. In May it confirmed that it would be moving into the smaller Curtis Green Building on Victoria Embankment, where the redevelopment will take place. The project is expected to cost around Â£50 million.
Director of real estate at MPS, Roger Harding, spoke about the project back in May, stating that competition amongst architects to design a ‘landmark building for London’ had generated a considerable amount of interest.
Once the completed the headquarters will see its name changed back to its former title – Scotland Yard.
However, it’s been confirmed that the new site will retain the now-iconic revolving sign.
London’s City Hall will host the proposed designs until later this evening (6pm on 26 September) as part of an exhibition entitled, Built To Serve.
By: Kirsty MacGregor
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