• Capabilities: Program Management , Cost Management
  • Sectors: Government , Public Sector
  • Region: United Kingdom

New Scotland Yard

London, United Kingdom - New Scotland Yard is a modern, agile headquarters appropriate for 21st Century policing in the capital and reflective of the international reputation of the Metropolitan Police Service. The development of a new site, with cost and project management overseen by Arcadis, meant that the previous premises could be disposed of. As a result, over £200m of net capital benefit was released and reinvested back into frontline policing.

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21st century police HQ

£200m

returned to frontline policing

The Curtis Green building is the fourth to serve as the headquarters for the Metropolitan Police Service and the third to take the name ‘New Scotland Yard’. It is situated in the heart of the Government Secure Zone, fronting Victoria Embankment, and has three high profile central government neighbours; the Parliamentary Offices, Department of Health and the Ministry of Defence.   

While the Curtis Green building itself is not listed, it is considered to be a building of special merit and local significance. It is surrounded by Grade 1 and Grade 2 listed buildings and streetscapes within the Whitehall Conservation Area, so the redevelopment needed to be cognisant of this sensitive environment.

The final scheme, designed by RIBA Stirling Prize winners Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), combines a new public realm, glazed entrance and roof pavilion with the extensive remodelling and extension of the existing building to create a welcoming, open face for the organisation.  

The entrance forecourt extends the Ministry of Defence’s Whitehall Gardens, resulting in a range of public spaces within a sculpted landscape. In conjunction with the new entrance pavilion these new landscape features provide a link between New Scotland Yard and the street. 

External paving references the distinctive brickwork pattern of Norman Shaw’s ‘Old Scotland Yard’ to signify the organisation’s return to its original home. The rooftop pavilion provides multi-use conference space and terraces. These are glazed and lit internally at night, with the subtle blue glow of the pavilion and new signage symbolising the 24/7 nature of the building and its civic purpose.


"The delivery of our new HQ building on the Embankment has not been without its challenges, but the ongoing support and professionalism of the Arcadis team were key to helping deliver a successful project.”

Martin Treacy, Metropolitan Police Service Property Services 

Outcomes

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21st century police HQ

£200m

returned to frontline policing

£5m

revenue cost saving per year

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