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Friday01 August 2014

London heavyweights on shortlist to design new Met Police HQ

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Foster and AHMM selected in RIBA competition

A shortlist of five London-based practices have been selected to design the new Metropolitan Police Service HQ in the capital.

AHMM, Allies & Morrison, Foster & Partners, Keith Williams Architects and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands will fight it out for the job to redevelop the unoccupied Curtis Green MPS building on the Victoria Embankment.

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. 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.”

The new HQ, which sits in the Whitehall Conservation Area, will be called ‘Scotland Yard’.

The shortlisted teams will receive a £6,000 honorarium to work on their design proposals and will be invited to present these to the judging panel in September. The judging panel will include architect Bill Taylor, Taylor Snell acting as the RIBA Adviser.

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