The new police training facility in London reached its tallest point of construction last Friday and was celebrated by Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and London’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Stephen Greenhalgh.
The £70 million redevelopment is financed by the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) through the sale of under-used and outdated police buildings.
The new Peel Centre is entirely self-funded from the selling of surplus land on the surrounding site and the world-class facility is projected to be fit for 21st century policing and to accommodate the changing requirements of the future’s police service.
“I am delighted that this new training facility is taking shape and will soon be able to support the continued evolution of the Met,” said Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.
“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.”
Principal contractor Mace reached the significant construction milestone on schedule as work continues apace for delivery in 2016.
The facility, which has been used by the MPS since the 1930s will deliver 21,500sq metre of office and training space to enable over 1,200 students to be trained at any one time.
The site will also include the relocation of the Peel statue within a new parade ground, the creation of a new Memorial Garden and deliver significant ongoing savings, with annual running costs reduced by over 50 per cent from £11m to £5m per annum.