The Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) has chosen Redrow as the preferred bidder to redevelop part of the police training centre site in Hendon.
Redrow will purchase land not required for policing operational needs.
Following a three month procurement process, the first through the Mayor’s London Development Panel, Redrow will now work with the London Borough of Barnet to develop its plans further. It is anticipated that a planning application will be submitted for the site in the first half of next year, following a public consultation.
The deal will enable MOPAC to invest in the development of a new police training and operational facility which will be located on a smaller part of the site which MOPAC is retaining for Metropolitan Police use. Work on this part of the site is due to start early next year.
The 22ha site is already identified for regeneration by the Greater London Authority (GLA) and by the London Borough of Barnet as a part of its ‘Colindale Area Action Plan’. Redrow’s plans will aim to create a new neighbourhood with more than 1,650 new homes, cycle routes, retail units and a primary school and nursery, as well as green open space.
Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, said: “This new deal is great news for all involved. Not only will it create a thriving new neighbourhood complete with jobs, homes, schools and parks but it will also secure the future of Hendon’s iconic Peel Centre as one of the best police training grounds in the world.”
Jane Bond, Director of Property Services for the Metropolitan Police, said: “We have secured the best possible deal for the site that will deliver much-needed new homes for Barnet and London whilst retaining sufficient land with funding to provide new policing facilities on the Hendon estate.”
Steve Morgan, Chairman of Redrow said: “We are delighted to have secured this strategically important mixed-use project following a comprehensive bidding process which demonstrates our clear commitment to the London market.”
The Hendon site was the first major scheme to be released through the new London Development Panel which was set up by the Mayor to fast track the disposal of public land to boost construction and housing.
The final scheme will be designed by Fielden Clegg Bradley, designers with Alison Brooks Architects of Accordia in Cambridge, the only housing project to win the Stirling Prize.
This sale is part of a wider strategy by MOPAC to dispose of underused land and buildings which the Met hope will save £60 million in running costs and help the force protect front-line policing.