Metropolitan Police HQ : Curtis Green Building London

The images and drawings show Keith Williams Architects’ shortlisted designs for the new landmark Metropolitan Police HQ in London.

The international architectural competition administered by the RIBA Competitions Office attracted a world-class field of architects with a great many expressions of interest from the UK and from 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 neighbours the Norman Shaw and the Ministry of Defence buildings, along with 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 and will become the Met Police’s new HQ when their current base on Broadway in London’s Victoria is vacated in 2o15.

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.

This project 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 remains at the forefront of 21st century policing.

Projects by the other shortlisted architects, Foster & Partners, AHMM, Lifschutz Davison Sandilands and Allies & Morrison also feature.