Metropolitan Police HQ

 Feasibility study for a £150m Metropolitan Police Headquarters to replace Limehouse Police Station in Limehouse, East London, responsible for the security of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and Canary Wharf.

The feasibility study covered 21 design options to accommodate a core brief of 2,000 desks, 3,000 lockers, 20 horse stables, dog kennels, taser and shooting facilities, armouries, and parking for 300 police vehicles, with options for headquarters functions to replace the existing offices in the Empress State Building in West London, the City of London Police offices, facilities for the London Fire Department and partial commercial/residential development.

The design options considered counter-terrorism security measures such as stand-off perimeters, sacrificial zones and secure spaces grouped in a tower block, using the New Scotland Yard Curtis Green building at Victoria Embankment and Holborn and Paddington Police Stations as references. This comprehensive study triggered a review of London-wide Metropolitan Police real estate strategy.

Architect: Atkins, Client: The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), Quantity Surveyor: Faithful & Gould