SCS Group is thrilled to see that New Scotland Yard – where we carried out smoke control work – has won Building magazine’s Project of the Year 2017.
The building (pictured above using Google Street View), located on Victoria Embankment in Westminster, London, is a new premises for New Scotland Yard and was previously known as the Curtis Green Building before its refurbishment.
SCS Group was employed by client BAM Services Engineering to supply, install and commission: a UniForce smoke shaft mechanical smoke extract system; a UniForce basement smoke shaft mechanical smoke extract system; a UniVent staircore ventilation system; and a UniVent basement smoke clearance system.
We carried out work at the site between October 2015 and November 2016.
Impressive list of entries
New Scotland Yard, which was entered into the awards by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, was chosen as the winner of Building magazine’s Project of the Year from a list of impressive projects: 8 Finsbury Circus; The Design Museum & Holland Green; Dyson HQ Expansion; Inpatient Ward Block, The Ulster Hospital; Mercers Walk; Oastler Building, University of Huddersfield; Spark Building, Southampton Solent University; Tate Modern Blavatnik Building; and XYZ.
Building magazine said: “Buildings rarely come more iconic than New Scotland Yard. But despite its notorious name, the classical 1930s block in which it now sits and the nostalgic overtones of its revolving sign, the world’s most famous police station occupies a new home that is at the very forefront of cutting-edge technology and design.
“The move from nearby 1960s offices to a refurbished building that sits beside the Yard’s original home has occasioned a project celebrating history and pride but in a robust contemporary manner. The judges were almost unanimous in this vote. They described the building as ‘simple and calm, but at the same time, elegant and confident’.”
The Building Awards 2017 celebrated the ‘best in UK construction’ and winners were presented with their awards during a ceremony at the Grosvenor Hotel attended by more than 1,400 people from the UK construction industry.