London's cash-strapped police force put its New Scotland Yard
headquarters up for sale on Tuesday (local time) with a £250
million guide price, as part of plans to re-invest in
front-line policing and cut costs.
The 1960s-era complex, home to the Metropolitan Police
Service (MPS) since 1967, is known for its revolving
triangular name sign which has served as a backdrop to
thousands of TV crime reports over the years.
It had kept the name of Scotland Yard, the original
headquarters of the London police force near the Houses of
Parliament after it was founded in 1829.
The MPS plans to move its head office to a smaller former
police station which has been empty for the last three years.
The Curtis Green site on Victoria Embankment along the River
Thames will become the force's head office in 2016 and will
be known simply as Scotland Yard.
The relocation is designed to help the MPS save £6 million a
year in running costs and avoid the £50 million expense
needed to refurbish the current head office, it said.
Curtis Green will have desk space for 1000 officers, less
than half the number in the current building, using mobile
technology to enable officers to work more flexibly. The
revolving triangle will be moved to the new site.
"Londoners have backed our drive to put bobbies before
buildings," London Mayor Boris Johnson said. "By turning
dilapidated and under-used buildings into high-tech kit we
are giving the Met the tools they need."
Originally bought from Land Securities in 2008 for £123.5
million, the building's guide price of £250 million is well
above initial estimates of £150 to £200 million, thanks to
soaring London property prices.
Property consultants Jones Lang LaSalle are handling the
In 2012, the MPS announced it was aiming to reduce the
force's 900,000-square-metre (9.7 million square feet) estate
by a third by 2016 as part of Home Office efforts to cut
The force completed the sale of over 30 properties in the
last financial year, raising over £125 million, and hopes to
raise another £125 million this year with the sale of smaller
sites, it said.
Johnson, who is seen as a potential successor to Prime
Minister David Cameron, was dealt a political blow on Tuesday
when his plan to build a major new airport to the east of
London was rejected by a government-appointed commission.