The shortlist of architects competing to design the new Scotland Yard building has been announced.
The current New Scotland Yard in Victoria is to be sold off as part of efforts by the Metropolitan Police and Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) to save £500m over the next three years.
In May, working with the the Royal Institute of British Architects, MOPAC and the Met invited submissions to transform the empty Curtis Green Building on Victoria Embankment into a new modern HQ for the force.
The building was originally built as an extension to the Met’s second HQ, now known as the Norman Shaw buildings and used as offices for MPs. When the work is completed it will be renamed Scotland Yard.
The shortlisted teams are:
- Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
- Allies and Morrison
- Foster and Partners
- Keith Williams Architects
- Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
The teams will now work on their design proposals which will be presented to the judging panel in September 2013.
Roger Harding, the Met’s Director of Real Estate Development, said: “The competition generated considerable interest with the chance to create a new landmark building for London. We would like to offer our sincere thanks to the world class field of national and international award-winning practices who submitted expressions of interest. 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.”