Keith Williams Architects’ shortlisted scheme for the new landmark Metropolitan Police HQ in London is available to to view at a free public exhibition at City Hall, London SE1 from Saturday 21 September through to Thursday 26 September. Projects by the other shortlisted architects, Foster & Partners, AHMM, Lifschutz Davison Sandilands and Allies & Morrison also feature.
The international architectural competition administered by the RIBA Competitions Office attracted a world-class field of architects who responded to the RIBA design competition with a great many expressions of interest 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. It neighbours the Norman Shaw and the Ministry of Defence buildings, and Richmond and Portcullis Houses, and features clearly as an important historic building on London’s riverside prospect.
The building originally designed in 1935 by the architect William Curtis Green, will be refurbished and extended Curtis Green building will become the Met Police’s new HQ when their current base on Broadway in London’s Victoria is vacated in 2015.
Keith Williams’ designs involve the rationalisation of the interior to create modern flexible office space, the creation of further basements to deal with the complex service and support functions of the police authority, and remodel the rather squat top of the existing listed building to create a new columnar order to the riverside prospect. At street level, the existing garden wall that separates the Curtis Green building from Victoria Embankment will be swept away and a new colonnaded entrance and ramp will lead visitors to the new entrance hall. The famous rotating triangular police sign will be relocated from Victoria Street and displayed prominently at street level.
The redevelopment of the Curtis Green building forms part of the largest ever transformation of the police estate and when complete will provide a modern, efficient, secure and cost-effective estate, ensuring the Metropolitan Police Service remains at the forefront of 21st century policing.
The competition winner will be announced in October.