The Hendon Operational and Training Centre provides state-of-the-art facilities that are equipped for the challenges of 21st Century policing.
Spanning 73 acres, the £50m scheme involved the demolition of 25 existing buildings to create two main blocks across 11 acres at the north end of the site, which provide 20,000m2 of flexible training and operational space for over 2,000 staff.
The smaller two-storey block incorporates the historic Peel Centre, with housing and specialised training facilities including a firing range and crime scene rooms.
The iconic Grade II Listed statue of Sir Robert Peel has been relocated to overlook the new parade ground for passing out ceremonies – a main focal point of the development.
Four interlinking vestibules lead to the main building – a four storey teaching accommodation block, fully glazed on the south elevation to maximise views over the parade ground.
Partnerships are an integral part of the EOS business and our team strive to build excellent working relationships. EOS developed a successful and collaborative strategy with leading contractor Prater on this highly prestigious project. The complex design of the Hendon scheme presented significant installation challenges. The large ribbon curtain walling windows needed heavy duty reinforcement so required a bespoke solution. EOS’ expertise and flexible approach meant that they were able to design and manufacture bespoke offsite panels with built-in wind posts which could be temporarily pinned, released, fixed down and then re-secured back to the pre-assembled panels. Large downstand beams were fixed with diagonal braces in to soffits which were delivered to site ‘just in time’ for installation, cutting down on site wastage, labour and traffic to and from site. The EOS technical team maintained strong levels of communication and were on hand to offer advice and guidance to the Prater design team and glazers throughout.
Through the bespoke use of standard products, the EOS technical team were able to create a hybrid pre-panelised system with adjustable wind posts to overcome the significant technical challenges presented with this project. A strong working relationship between EOS and the client ensured this highly technical project was delivered to the highest standard to programme and within budget. The success of this scheme has led to an ongoing relationship with Prater. Buying Manager Daniel Eldridge commented: “A consistent and collaborative approach with EOS has enabled us to deliver a number of very successful projects.”