Metropolitan Police headquarters

Back to the future as Scotland Yard returns to its roots

Few images are as iconic as the revolving, steel three-sided sign outside New Scotland Yard, which has been relocated to London’s Metropolitan Police Service’s new headquarters on Victoria Embankment.

The force’s previous 1962 office block was too large and would have needed a multi-million pound refurbishment to bring it up to modern standards.

So the force moved to the neo-classical Curtis Green building on Victoria Embankment (named after its architect) and was renamed as New Scotland Yard when it became occupied at the end of 2016.

Project details

  • Client: MOPAC/Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime
  • Main Contractor: BAM Construction
  • Architect: AHMM
  • Quantity Surveyor: EC Harris
  • Structural Engineer: Arup
  • Clients Project Manager: EC Harris
  • MEP Consultant: Arup
  • Value: £58m
  • Completion date: October 2016

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Expanding public access

The challenge was to transform this 1930s building into a “modern, well equipped and efficient new headquarters fit for the 21st century”.
The competition to redesign the building, which was run jointly by the Office of the London Mayor and RIBA (the Royal Institute of British Architects), was won by architects AHMM. And BAM was named as the main contractor for the construction.

The most obvious outward sign of the refurbishment was the striking new entrance – part of the Met’s remit to make their flagship building more open and accessible. The building was also extended and new public spaces created.

Practical, cost-effective… and sustainable

The brief for the project focused heavily on cost-effective sustainability and on making sure the refurbished building sit comfortably in its environment: although it was not listed, it is surrounded by Grade 1 and Grade 2 buildings and streetscapes.

For BAM, this was an historic building and a high-profile client. The stakes were high, as the project needed to be practical, cost effective and efficient, while also using good quality materials from sustainable sources.

London calling

BAM had already worked with AHMM on other complex and sensitive schemes in London, including the refurbished Angel Building in Islington.

Our teams were well used to delivering these kinds of high-profile projects in challenging city-centre locations: from £170 million Eastern Goods Yard project at Kings Cross to the flagship CONNECT110NS building in Queen Street, Glasgow and the City Council Offices in Derby.

Soft Landings

BAM FM’s Soft Landings Technician (SLT) started on site with the BAM Construction team at New Scotland Yard prior to practical completion to learn the design, the systems and about the building itself.

The SLT worked closely with BAM Services Engineering and BAM Construction through the commissioning process to understand how each major and minor piece of equipment is operated and maintained. He also reviewed the operations and maintenance manuals as they came in from both the BAM Construction team and each of the MEP sub-contractors to ensure they were suitable for the Metropolitan Police’s maintenance team.

The SLT will be based on site for 12 months following practical completion to work with the Metropolitan Police’s FM team and guide them through the operations and maintenance processes of the building. This process aims to facilitate the transition from construction to occupation as seamlessly as possible. New Scotland Yard will be the hub of the Metropolitan Police’s operations and therefore it will need to be fully operational from the moment they occupy the building.