Images have been released of the five shortlisted designs for the new home of the Metropolitan Police Service. The New Scotland Yard building will be located on the edge of the River Thames in the Curtis Green Building, named after architect William Curtis Green, the man behind works such as the Queen’s Hotel in Leeds and London’s Dorchester Hotel.
Five shortlisted practices were announced in July this year and the projects have been on show at London’s City Hall this week in an exhibition which closes today (26 September). A winner is due to be revealed by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in October.
The shortlisted firms are: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris; Allies and Morrison; Foster + Partners; Keith Williams Architects; Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. Located on the Victoria Embankment, the Curtis Green Building is currently unoccupied and sits between the Ministry of Defence and the Norman Shaw Building, the latter designed by the architect from whom it takes its name. The money saved by moving the Metropolitan Police Service’s headquarters will be redirected into frontline policing.
Roger Harding MPS, Director of Real Estate Development said: “The competition generated considerable interest with the chance to create a new landmark building for London. We would like to offer our sincere thanks to the world class field of national and international award-winning practices who submitted expressions of interest. The selection process was exceptionally difficult but we are delighted to have five such high quality architects on our shortlist for this important building.
“The move to Curtis Green is an exciting opportunity for the MPS to create a modern and efficient working environment within this new headquarters. We look forward to seeing a winning design that respects the history of the building whilst reflecting the MPS need to modernise our estate.”