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14 October 2013, 11:08
The architects who will design London's new police headquarters have been chosen.
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) have been selected to carry out the work.
They won a competition organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects to find the most suitable and financially viable proposal for the Curtis Green building on the banks of the Thames, the former Whitehall police station.
The Metropolitan Police will move there in 2015, with the New Scotland Yard building on Victoria Street in Westminster being sold.
Key design features include a new public entrance pavilion, extensions to the building itself and the creation of public open spaces. The revolving sign will be retained as well as the Eternal Flame and Roll of Honour.
AHMM is an international architecture practice based in the UK with experience of working on major buildings in the capital. They were recently announced as the architect for the new Google headquarters at King's Cross.
Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Stephen Greenhalgh said: "Scotland Yard is returning to its historical home in Whitehall.
"The new, smaller Met HQ will help deliver a 21st century police force and AHMM's design, which includes a public space, will help Londoners to reconnect with the Met.
"By selling outdated and impractical buildings like New Scotland Yard that are costly to maintain, we can reduce property running costs.
"The money raised from the sale of these buildings will be ploughed back into frontline policing so that our officers are equipped with the tools and technology they need to fight crime and to continue to keep London safe."