Public consultation on scheme which include City of London police HQ has begun
Eric Parry Architects’ plans for a new courts complex and police headquarters in the City of London have been revealed.
The City of London Corporation’s new precinct, which will be built on Fleet Street, includes an 18-courtroom facility and a new headquarters for the City of London police.
The force is currently housed in four sites across the City but they have been deemed too old and costly to maintain.
A commercial building, to help fund the work, is planned for the rear of the site providing office accommodation and space for retail, bars, or restaurants at ground floor level.
Early public consultation on the Fleet Street scheme has just been launched with the aim to submit a planning application towards the end of this year.
Parry was appointed to the job in January 2019, with the team, which includes Raymond Smith Partnership and Feilden & Mawson Architects, beating RHSP, AHMM, Allies & Morrison, Bennetts Associates and Hawkins/Brown to the job.
The new court facility, with its main entrance on Fleet Street, will have a focus on trials involving economic crime and fraud.
HM Courts and Tribunal Service will take a long lease from the City of London Corporation for a peppercorn rent.
The masterplan has been designed to improve all the routes through the site, which is currently occupied by a large 1970s office block cutting off pedestrian movement. The scheme also includes improved public realm.