Deputy Mayor and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Celebrate Topping Out of New Police Training Facility at Hendon.
On Friday, 13 March the Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and London’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Stephen Greenhalgh, celebrated a major milestone in the ongoing work to create a world class police training facility in London, as the Peel Centre in Hendon reached the tallest point of construction.
The £70 million redevelopment is being financed by the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) through the sale of under-used and outdated police buildings. The retained site will see the creation of a new world class training and operational facility, fit for 21st century policing and flexible to accommodate the changing requirements of the police service in the future.
Principal contractor Mace, a British-owned international construction and consultancy company, reached the significant construction milestone on schedule as work continues apace for delivery in 2016.
The construction programme will provide the fourth generation of facilities for the MPS, reflecting the ever-changing demands and continued modernisation of the site.
The facility, which has been used by the MPS since the 1930s will, when complete, deliver 21,500sq metre of office and training space and enable over 1,200 students to be trained at any one time, supporting the growth of the MPS.
The site will also include the relocation of the Peel statue within a new parade ground and the creation of a new Memorial Garden which will sit at the heart of the new development, and deliver significant ongoing savings, with annual running costs reduced by over 50 per cent from £11m to £5m per annum.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, said: “I am delighted that this new training facility is taking shape and will soon be able to support the continued evolution of the Met.
“The new Hendon will provide specially designed spaces, using the latest technology, that will give us a world-class working and learning environment which delivers real savings so we can better protect front-line services.”
Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Stephen Greenhalgh, said: “A growing capital city with new and emerging public safety challenges needs to invest in the future and this new training facility will be key to developing the police officers of tomorrow. The Met Police deserve a world-class training facility and today marks a key milestone in the creation of the new Peel Centre at Hendon. This ambitious redevelopment will create a modern facility at the heart of the community in Hendon, and once complete, the Peel Centre will deliver major savings that will allow the Met to invest more resources into technology to strengthen frontline policing.”
Mark Reynolds, Chief Executive of Mace, said: “Mace is very proud to have been working with the Metropolitan Police for over a decade. In that time we have delivered various projects including a refurbishment at New Scotland Yard. Our latest partnership at 109 Lambeth Road and Hendon will provide the Metropolitan Police with world-class facilities that will equip them for the changing requirements of a modern police service. I would like to congratulate the project team at Hendon on reaching this tremendous milestone, as we now look forward to building completion in 2016.”
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