A far-reaching transformation
The historic Metropolitan Police training headquarters is undergoing a much needed transformation, and we are the company tasked with delivering it. With our help the outdated, underused facilities will be rejuvenated, set within a thriving neighbourhood, and surrounded by landscaped green spaces. Spanning 22 hectares, the masterplan will give Hendon the growth it has been waiting for, while delivering a brand new training facility fit for modern day policing.
Taking the lead
At an early stage we recognised the design proposals didn’t accurately capture the Metropolitan Police’s vision. It was a risk, but we responded with an alternative offer involving a partnership arrangement whereby we appointed a new design team, took the design back to first stage principles and developed it, and all within the cost plan parameters. The Metropolitan Police liked our approach and we were appointed as main contractor.
The use of BIM was an integral part of our vision. By feeding the 3D model with construction and facilities management data, we created a model that’s completely in harmony with the operational facility. The model promotes an understanding of construction sequences, while showcasing progress as the project gains momentum. It also enables us to coordinate methodology and site logistics – mitigating clashes before they happen.
“Right from the word go, Mace has presented an enthusiastic, diligent and capable team. I have found the team's communication and collaborative approach refreshing and easy to work with. Mace has been proactive in taking control of the campus and supply chain and I am very confident in it's ability to complete the new facility for us, on time and to budget”
Listen, then respond
The original plans called for the demolition of Building 36, the last remaining link to the area’s rich history in aviation. But it quickly became clear that the community valued this part of their heritage. We therefore decided to re-work the plans to retain the building as a symbolic reminder of the area’s proud history.