Redrow selected to regenerate historic police training centre site at Hendon

The Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) today announced Redrow as the preferred bidder to purchase land not required for policing operational needs and regenerate the historic police training centre site at Hendon.

Read the rest of the Mayor of London’s press release here.

 

Peel Centre planning application approved

On 23 July 2013, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) secured a resolution to grant consent from the London Borough of Barnet Planning Committee for its redevelopment of the Peel Centre site in Colindale.

The Peel Centre is one of five Regional Learning Centres in London and the redevelopment will see outdated, inefficient facilities replaced by 20,000 sq m of new, flexible training and operational space which will accommodate around 2,000 officers and staff.

Speaking about the decision, Jane Bond, Director, Metropolitan Police Service Property Services said:

“We are delighted that the Barnet Council Planning Committee has resolved to grant planning permission for the redevelopment of the Peel Centre site. 

“This new building will help us make much more efficient use of space, replacing the current outdated buildings with brand new training and operational facilities fit for 21st century policing.

“Over the last 80 years the way we use the site has changed significantly and this new building will be the fourth evolution of our world-class Hendon training facility.   It will provide purpose designed space to meet the needs of modern policing; creating a much better working environment for our staff and officers and be flexible to accommodate changing requirements in the future.  It will also help us save around £5m per year in running costs alone with substantial reductions in energy use compared with current levels.

“The Peel Centre site remains an important part of the MPS’s wider Estate Strategy which is about making the most efficient use of properties – saving money from the estate and focusing resources on front-line policing.  At the same time though this new investment to the site shows our commitment to providing the best facilities we can for the MPS and retaining these world class training facilities in Colindale.”

GLA: Historic police training centre at hendon set to be transformed through major regeneration plan

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has today invited developers to submit plans to regenerate 22 hectares at the site of the historic Metropolitan Police Peel Centre training headquarters at Hendon, creating a thriving new neighbourhood with more than 1,650 new homes and releasing capital to plough back into the development of a brand new training facility fit for modern day policing.

Read the rest of the Mayor of London’s press release here.

Update August 2013: In preparation for this regeneration; MOPAC, the GLA, London Borough of Barnet and TfL have worked together to produce a Planning Parameters Document for the Peel Centre site.  This sets out the Planning Authorities’ advice (officers’ informal opinion) on the form of development that would be considered acceptable in planning terms. The document provides guidance only and it should be read in conjunction with national, London-wide and local planning policies (including the Colindale Area Action Plan). Future planning permission would be subject to community consultation and ultimately decided by a relevant Council Committee (or the Mayor).

Planning application for new Peel Centre facilities registered by the London Borough of Barnet

  • MOPAC planning application for the redevelopment of the Peel Centre site in Colindale has been registered by the London Borough of Barnet
  • New training and operational facilities fit for 21st century policing would replace outdated current buildings, making more efficient use of space and saving around £6m per year
  • Eight month public consultation has revealed strong support for the plans for new police facilities.
  • Feedback led to the retention of Building 36, a building of historical interest from Hendon Aerodrome days

 

The London Borough of Barnet has registered the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) planning application for the redevelopment of the Peel Centre site in Colindale.

The application seeks permission to develop new training and operational facilities fit for 21st century policing.  The new facilities would replace the current outdated buildings and make more efficient use of space, housing a similar number of staff to current levels on a much smaller site.

The way the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) uses the site has changed significantly throughout its 80 year history and it no longer needs the full 73 acres. The plans for the site are part of wider changes to improve the MPS in order to get more officers out on the streets and into communities.

The planning application follows eight months of public consultation which included two exhibitions attended by over 190 people. Many local residents expressed their support for the plans and indicated that they understood the need for change.

The Peel Centre is one of five Regional Learning Centres in London. The new 20,000 sq m of flexible training and operational space would house around 2,000 officers and staff.

The first public exhibition in September 2012 showed proposals for the new police facilities alongside an emerging masterplan for the wider site which would form part of a separate planning application. In recognition of the urgent need to replace the existing police buildings and the longer timescales that apply to the wider regeneration, it was decided to re-phase the two applications. As a result, the second exhibition, held in March 2013, focused only on the new MOPAC facilities.

MPS Barnet Borough Commander Adrian Usher said:

“This is a key milestone for the Metropolitan Police Service as the Peel Centre is a much-treasured site and these proposals will ensure it remains at the forefront of modern policing. It has been great to see the positive response from the local community throughout the process and we are proud to be able to retain the historical ‘Building 36’ following feedback from local residents.” 

Jane Bond, Director of Property Services for the Metropolitan Police, said:

“Our Hendon Training Centre has a reputation as one of the world’s leading police training facilities, with a long proud history. If planning permission is granted, our proposals will enable us to provide suitable training facilities for future generations of police officers.  We will also create an opportunity for the remainder of the 73 acre site to be opened up for the benefit of the public at some point in the future.”

The planning application for the Peel Centre site has been registered by the London Borough of Barnet under reference number H/01571/13. A related application regarding the relocation of the Grade II Listed Sir Robert Peel Statue and Police Call Box Structure has been registered under reference number H/01613/13.

First images of new Peel Centre revealed as second public exhibition gets underway

  • First computer generated images show how world-class Metropolitan Police training facility, affectionately known as ‘Hendon’, could look in the future
  • The Metropolitan Police Service and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime and are holding a second public exhibition focused solely on the new police facilities on 21 and 23 March at Building 36 on the Aerodrome Road site
  • New Peel Centre to provide capacity for up to 2,000 officers and staff in modern buildings equipped for the needs of current and future policing
  • Better use of space and environmental measures will save around £5m per year on current running costs

 

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) today unveil their vision for state of the art new training and operational facilities to replace the existing inefficient buildings at the Peel Centre – known to the Met affectionately as ‘Hendon’.

The proposals are being shown at a second public exhibition, held in Building 36 along Aerodrome Road in Colindale on Thursday 21 and Saturday 23 March (details below).

The first public exhibition showed proposals for the new police facilities alongside an emerging master plan for the wider site in advance of the submission of two planning applications.  Following consultation with the London Borough of Barnet and the GLA, the MPS and MOPAC have now decided to re-phase these applications, separating the plans for the new Met facilities from the wider master plan.

The new proposals meet the need to deliver new, modern police facilities to replace the existing outdated buildings, maintaining a world class police training facility – one of five Regional Learning Centres – in Colindale, North West London.  The 20,000 sq m of flexible training and operational space will house around 2,000 officers and staff, similar to current levels, but on a much smaller site making more efficient use of space.

Chief Superintendent Adrian Usher, Borough Commander for Barnet from the Metropolitan Police said:

‘The Peel Centre is world-renowned for the quality of its training and will play an important role to equip current and future generations of officers with the knowledge and skills to protect Londoners and the capital.  These plans significantly upgrade the facilities to support 21st century policing, and at the same time provide a catalyst for the revitalisation of the surrounding area.’

Jane Bond, Director of Property Services for the Metropolitan Police, said:

‘The Peel Centre holds a special place in the history of the Metropolitan Police.  These proposals are a great example of where we are releasing out of date facilities to reinvest in new, more efficient buildings that better serve our officers and cost less to run, whilst retaining important historical aspects.  We are keen to hear people’s views at this second stage of public consultation so we can take these into account before we submit a planning application later in the spring.’

Important heritage on the current site will be kept or re-provided, with space identified within the new facilities for the Memorial Garden and Sir Robert Peel statue.  Following feedback received at the first public exhibition, the proposals retain ‘Building 36’, a building which remains from the site’s former use as the Hendon Aerodrome.

New vision for the future of the Metropolitan Police Service’s Peel Centre Site – Hendon

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) today, Friday 21 September announced a new vision for the future of the 73 acre Peel Centre Site – known affectionately across the service simply as ‘Hendon’.

Located next to Colindale Tube station in north London, the site was first developed in the 1930s and for almost 80 years has provided training for generations of police officer recruits in addition to specialist training.

In that time the use of the site has changed fundamentally. Training is now provided regionally and there is no longer residential provision on site. Most of the existing buildings were built in a different era and no longer meet the needs of current policing.

MOPAC has therefore appointed masterplanners and a technical team to draw up new plans for the site and will be undertaking public consultation throughout the rest of 2012 before then submitting a planning application to Barnet Council.

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