New New Scotland Yard? Met Police leaves home of 49 years
The Metropolitan Police today left its New Scotland Yard HQ after 49 years.
The building, close to Victoria, will now be known simply as 10 Broadway after being sold for £370m.
The police force has relocated to a new, slimmed down premises known as Curtis Green on the Victoria Embankment.
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Scotland Yard as the home of the Met Police has moved several times in the organisation’s history.
A historic day as @metpoliceuk leaves New Scotland Yard. Our thanks to everyone involved – here are the POLSA team locking the doors. pic.twitter.com/WJE2IANyhP
— Helen King 💙💙 (@PrincipalStAns) October 31, 2016
The Met moved from Whitehall Place to Great Scotland Yard in 1875. The force then moved to the Norman Shaw Building in 1890 and then to New Scotland Yard in 1967.
The new building was designed by architect William Curtis Green and built between 1935 and 1940.
Today @metpoliceuk left New Scotland Yard #London for the final time. Some great memories. We wish you good luck in your new home #Police pic.twitter.com/KHZ6Q1rUKl
— NPAS South East Region (@NPASSouthEast) October 31, 2016
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Announcing that the new building had been “topped out” in December last year, the Met’s commissioner Bernard Hogan- Howe – who is to retire next year – said:
Selling 10 Broadway and moving our headquarters to Curtis Green is allowing us to reinvest in our remaining estate and in the technology we need to support our officers as they fight crime and support victims. It is only with this kind of intelligent investment that we will be able to do more with less. The MPS is focused on providing a more modern, efficient, secure and cost-effective estate, ensuring we remain at the forefront of 21st century policing and getting more officers out on the streets, cutting crime, cutting costs and providing total care for Londoners.