Curtis Green Building
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Curtis Green Building

New Scotland Yard
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General information
Architectural styleNeo-classical
OwnerMetropolitan Police Service
Technical details
Floor area8,691 m2 (93,550 sq ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectWilliam Curtis Green

New Scotland Yard, formerly known as the Curtis Green Building, and before that Whitehall Police Station,[1] is a building in Westminster, London. Since November 2016, it has been the Scotland Yard headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), the fourth such premises since the force's foundation in 1829. It is located on the Victoria Embankment and is situated within the Whitehall Conservation Area. It neighbours the Norman Shaw and Ministry of Defence buildings, together with Richmond and Portcullis House.

The New Scotland Yard building was designed in 1935 by the English architect William Curtis Green who was commissioned to build an annexe to the existing Norman Shaw Buildings which had been the Metropolitan Police's headquarters since 1890. The three buildings were split off in 1967 with the Norman Shaw buildings being taken over by the British Government. The annexe was retained by the police who used it as the base for their territorial policing department and from 1985 to 1992 as the new home of Canon Row Police Station.

In 2013 as a result of an estate reorganisation, the former "New Scotland Yard" in the neighbouring Broadway, was sold and the force headquarters was relocated to the Curtis Green Building after extensive renovations. It was renamed New Scotland Yard in 2016.


New Scotland Yard, alongside the Norman Shaw Buildings (centre) and Portcullis House (left) on Victoria Embankment

The stone-fronted, neo-classical building was designed by the English architect William Curtis Green. Construction started in 1935 and finished five years later. The building was constructed as a third building and an extension to the then-New Scotland Yard building,[2][3] which consisted of two buildings that had been completed in 1890 and 1906 and were connected by a bridge. The two structures are now known as the Norman Shaw Buildings.[4]

The Curtis Green Building served as part of the Met's three-building headquarters during the Second World War and housed the forensics and technology departments. In 1967, the force relocated its main headquarters to 10 Broadway and sold the two Norman Shaw buildings to the British Government.[3] The Curtis Green Building, however, remained a police building and became a sub-HQ for the force's territorial department until 2010. Before its 2015-2016 refurbishment, the building's dimensions were 8,691 m2 (93,550 sq ft), with a total capable capacity of 10,000 m2 (110,000 sq ft).[2]

In 2013 it was announced by the Met that its headquarters would be relocated from 10 Broadway to the Curtis Green Building as part of the force's drive to reduce costs. The building was redesigned and extended in a multi-million pound redevelopment during 2015-16.[2] It was renamed "New Scotland Yard".[5] The refurbishment contract was awarded to the architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, who redesigned the building, and the project was engineered by Arup, with project and cost management duties undertaken by Arcadis and construction responsibilities undertaken by the Royal BAM Group.[6] The MPS retained the "New Scotland Yard" sign and moved it along with the Crime Museum,[2] to the new site.[5]


  1. ^ "New Metropolitan Police HQ announced as Curtis Green Building", BBC News, 20 May 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2015
  2. ^ a b c d "Curtis Green: Metropolitan Police Service New HQ Building" (PDF). Royal Institute of British Architects. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ a b "The Norman Shaw Buildings" House of Commons fact sheet, p. 4. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Daylight robbery? New Scotland Yard is bought for £370m by developer" by Julia Kollewe, The Guardian, 9 December 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  5. ^ a b "BAM nabs £30m Scotland Yard HQ contract", Construction Enquirer website. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  6. ^ "New Metropolitan Police headquarters project underway". Arup Group Limited. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2015.

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Coordinates: 51°30?10?N 0°7?27?W / 51.50278°N 0.12417°W / 51.50278; -0.12417

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