Metropolitan Police Training College, Hendon

From Workstream Pulse, Spring 2015

Workstream has been supplying leading specialist contractor Prater with engineers to set out the works for the envelope of the new Metropolitan Police training centre in Hendon, north London. Our engineers have been working with Prater on the project over the past three-to-four months and are set to see it through to completion.

The new training centre requires the construction of two buildings, both of which feature several different finishes. Prater is utilising a robust Building Information Modelling strategy as a key element in ensuring the success of the project.

Once complete, the new training centre will replace the old Peel Centre in Aerodrome Road and will form part of a full-scale, £35 million overhaul of the Metropolitan Police's land holdings to be delivered by main contractor Mace. Re-location of the iconic, Grade II Listed Sir Robert Peel statue and original police call boxes is also part of the scheme, as well as the creation of a new memorial garden. A wider regeneration programme is planned that will eventually see the rest of the 73 acre site given up for the devlopment of 1,650 new homes, cycle routes, retail units and a primary school and nursery, as well as a substantial amount of open green space.

The force's Hendon centre has built up a worldwide reputation for police training, with a distinguished history stretching back to 1934. However, police operational requirements have changed dramatically over the years and the older buildings have long been considered expensive, outdated, and underused. The new development is designed to meet the need for a training facility more suited to modern-day policing.

The Met's Hendon site was the first major scheme to be procured through the new London Development Panel, set up to fast track the disposal of public land to boost construction and housing. Redevelopment of the site will halve running costs at Hendon, freeing up some £6 million per year – the equivalent of more than 120 police officers.