Keith Williams Architects has been joined by 4 of the UK’s other leading architects, in a high profile final shortlist to design London’s new Metropolitan Police HQ remodelling the Curtis Green building on London’s Thames side Victoria Embankment.
The international architectural competition administered by the RIBA Competitions Office attracted a great many expressions of interest from a world-class field of architects from the UK and abroad.
The 10,000m2 project involves the redesign and extension of the 1930s Curtis Green Building, a former police station on Victoria Embankment next to Old Scotland Yard in Central London.
The Curtis Green building originally designed in 1935 by the architect William Curtis Green, neighbours the Norman Shaw building (Old Scotland Yard) , the Ministry of Defence, and Richmond and Portcullis Houses. The competition centres on proposals for its refurbishment and extension, enabling it to become the Met Police’s new HQ when the Met’s current base on Broadway in London’s Victoria is vacated in 2015.
The redevelopment of the Curtis Green building forms part of the largest ever transformation of the police estate and following the competition will provide a more modern, efficient, secure and cost-effective estate, ensuring the Metropolitan Police Service and its facilities remains at the forefront of 21st century policing.
The other practices selected for the competition are Foster & Partners, AHMM, Allies & Morrison, and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands.
All five firms have until 9 September to prepare their proposals and an appointment is expected to be announced in October.