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The Met are carrying out further work to assess the use of the property portfolio in light of the increase in police officers. Subject to their governance and clearance by their Management Board in March the Met will then make proposals to MOPAC for sites which may become available for disposal. When proposals come forward we will scrutinise them carefully
The refurbishment of buildings within the estate needs to continue and is time critical to ensure there is sufficient capacity within the estate to meet the initial uplift in officer numbers and reduce the reliance on retaining additional properties. A business case for a significant investment programme in BCU buildings has recently been approved.
Work includes opening up buildings to make them open plan, allowing more officers to work in them in a more joined-up way. The Met are also doing some essential remedial works to make older buildings fit for purpose and ensure they are compliant with the Met’s obligations under the Equality Act.