New Scotland Yard is the headquarters of London’s Metropolitan Police Service, named after its original location in Great Scotland Yard, a cross street on Whitehall in the heart of Westminster. The Metropolitan Police has moved its headquarters several times over the course of its history; since 2013 “New Scotland Yard” has been housed in the Curtis Green Building on Victoria Embankment, on the northern bank of the Thames, and this is where Allford Hall Monaghan Morris comes into play.
Winner of the 2015 Stirling Prize for the Burntwood School in London, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris was appointed to design the "New Scotland Yard" headquarters. The project involved not only radical renovation and extension of the Curtis Green Building, designed by William Curtis Green in 1937, but also comparison with a symbol: "New Scotland Yard" has stood for law and order in the British capital for about 2 centuries.
The architects have converted the old building into a modern office building with a new entrance, rooftop pavilions and a completely new layout with flexible workspaces that respond to today’s requirements. The new entrance is an elegant curved glass pavilion forming an extension of Whitehall Gardens, a place of transition between the public and the private. This is a key element of the project, the new public face of the Metropolitan Police Service before citizens, expressing its essential values of transparency and accessibility.
Design: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Location: London, UK
Images courtesy of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris,
photo by AHMM (Allford Hall Monaghan Morris), BAM, Rob Parrish, Tim Soar