The Metropolitan Police’s new HQ has been named the winner of the Prime Minister’s 2017 Better Public Building Award.
The award “recognises excellence in publicly funded buildings and infrastructure” and is supported by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA), part of the Cabinet Office, and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Located in the heart of Westminster, the New Scotland Yard is located on the site of the remodelled and extended former Curtis Green building which was itself part of a former Scotland Yard building.
The £58m project was funded by the sale of the Met’s previous HQ in Victoria.
Minister for Government Resilience and Efficiency, Caroline Nokes MP, said: “This award for Scotland Yard is testament to the government’s commitment to constructing public buildings which deliver value for money for the taxpayer and smarter public services.
“The building’s innovative design and use of technology helps the Met Police work in a more modern and efficient way. It was funded from the sale of its former building and acts as a central hub supported by nine local offices, putting police services more in touch with their local communities.
“The project shows what can be achieved when government and the private sector work together to deliver innovative and efficient construction, completed on time and on budget.
“It demonstrates all the principles set out in the Government Construction Strategy – our plan to improve productivity and deliver £1.7bn efficiencies in government construction by 2020.
Met Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “I am delighted that our new building has been commended.
“This building, in the heart of Westminster and close to the Met’s founding location, allows the Metropolitan Police Service to look forward to the future, providing excellent facilities and technology for our officers and staff.
“From our glass pavilion and Eternal Flame Memorial, to the iconic revolving New Scotland Yard sign, the design has incorporated the past, present and future of policing in London. Many congratulations to all the colleagues past and present who made this a reality”
Professor Tim Broyd, ICE President and BCIA judge, said: “Here is a building that is both functional for day to day police work and yet also accessible and welcoming to the public. The design is stunning, complementing its surroundings and demonstrating a redevelopment that has been completed to the highest standard.”