Integrated design and operations consultancy for the built environment, Bryden Wood has been granted planning approval on 19th December 2017, for a £10m dedicated training facility for the Metropolitan Police Driving School. This Academy replaces their existing building, due to be demolished as part of the ongoing development in Hendon, North London. The new facility will allow the Metropolitan Police Service to maintain its aim to enhance road and officer safety and enable them to operate effectively in London's demanding traffic conditions. This international centre of excellence will train officers from all over the world. Construction work will start in Spring 2018 with the facility scheduled to be open early in Spring 2019.
The Police Driving School is located within the grounds of the world-famous Peel Centre (Hendon Police College) in North West London and is covered by the police area of Barnet Borough. Metropolitan Police Services cover an area of 620 square miles and a population of 7.2 million.
Paul O’Neill, Bryden Wood Director, commenting said “The planning approval from Barnet Council is a really positive step towards a hugely exciting project for Bryden Wood and we are looking forward to starting the build. The building has a simple linear form and high-quality materials. In addition to being cost efficient, the new building will provide up-to-date technology for training officers.”
In addition to the external training requirements needed for the Academy, the building requirements include a combination of training areas, classrooms, a simulation space, DSA testing room, administration suite and briefing room/break out spaces. When entering through the lobby into a circulation corridor the briefing room and breakout space are to the immediate left. Directly in front of the main entrance, an access corridor separates the two 24 person classrooms from the vehicle inspection area. This allows the classrooms to overlook the inspection area with a circulation space also providing a thermal buffer between the two. Access between the spaces is easily achieved via doors at each end of the circulation corridor. From the inspection area, the rest of the carport opens up through bifold doors. Direct access to the staff office area and the wc/locker areas are provided allowing trainees and staff access to showers without the need to go through the internal teaching/administration areas.
The proposed site plan locates the three main features: wobble road, C1/D1 training area and car parking. All external areas have been linked to ensure a more efficient vehicle flow. The vehicle entrance is located close to the west boundary of the site, where the security control and the visitor parking will be located. The car park extends to link with the C1/D1 training area. Both spaces overlap and became the perfect transition between the car park, the car port and the driving academy. This area is linked with the wobble road which it is extended along the full length of the east boundary of the site. The external area covers aspects of training including the wobble road for the motorcycling, Hollow Spike Tyre Deflation / StopStick training and Motorway/ fast road safety training. This is the requirement for the licensed testing area for DSA accreditation.
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