Mace is set to be picked out of the line-up of contractors [get-it?] chasing a £35m building contract for new police training facilities in north London.
The new Metropolitan Police training centre in Colindale, Hendon will replace the existing Peel Centre in Aerodrome Road and is being planned as part of a full-scale overhaul of the force’s land holdings.
A wider regeneration programme is planned which will eventually see land given up for new homes, shops and a primary school. [Don't be too sure.]
According to projects sources several firms including Bam Construct and Geoffrey Osborne were chasing the big rebuild project but Mace Projects is now favourite to take the deal.
The new training centre will involve demolition of existing buildings and construction of two buildings, with one up to four storeys in height. Architect on the project is Bennetts Associates.
Mace will also be responsible for the relocation of the Grade II Listed Sir Robert Peel Statue and Police Call Boxes as well as creating a new memorial garden.
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.” [Does that mean a grubby property deal?]