On Thursday 13th July, The Queen officially opened New Scotland Yard, the Metropolitan Police headquarters on Victoria Embankment.
In the heart of Westminster and close to where ‘the Met’ was founded, New Scotland Yard has undergone a full refit and security upgrade. The glass pavilion now provides a more transparent entrance to the building and the spinning sign now has pride of place on the embankment of the Thames.
The new HQ building is by architects AHMM and engineered by Arup, following a RIBA design competition to find the most suitable and financially viable proposal for the building. It has been built by contractors BAM.
As part of the biggest programme of transformation in the Met’s history, the ‘old’ New Scotland Yard, now to be known as 10 Broadway, has been sold for £370m and is currently being demolished. The Broadway site will be developed with new retail and residential buildings.
This is the second New Scotland Yard that The Queen has officially opened, because in May 1967 she opened New Scotland Yard in ‘Broadway’ with then Commissioner Joseph Simpson.