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.
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.
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.