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Scotland Yard opens bidding for development of new site

Posted by Marianne
May 29, 2013 in Community

The Metropolitan Police this week opened bidding for the development of its new site. Located at Curtis Green on the banks of the Thames, it is due to start its new life in 2015, replacing the existing New Scotland yard base.

Once the Whitehall police station, the new facility on Victoria Embankment has already been empty for two years.

With the number of back office staff significantly reduced over recent years and further staff reduction plans in the pipeline, the present HQ has simply become too big.

Essentially unfit for purpose too, it is estimated that to complete an  office fit out  office fit out to standard would cost upwards of £50 million.

The downsizing to Curtis Green is part of a larger cost cutting exercise, which aims to slash over £500 million from the Met’s £3.6 billion budget. As well as the sale of the site by the Houses of Parliament, other real estate is also being sold.

Talking about the sale, which includes boat yards and car parks, the deputy commissioner said it is the most momentous change of the force’s estate in its 184 year history. He said:

“The changes proposed will help us to save on running costs and sell properties that are no longer required, allowing us to invest in modern facilities that are fit for our officers, staff and the public.”

Expressions of interest for the Curtis Green development can be made via the Royal Institute of British Architects website until Tuesday 4th June.

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