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GMA|Ryder commence construction on Grampian Police facility

November 1 2012

GMA|Ryder commence construction on Grampian Police facility
Construction work has begun on a £9.2m integrated policing facility for Grampian Police on the site of a former Scottish Water depot at Kittybrewster, 2km north of Aberdeen city centre.

Designed by GMA | Ryder Architecture the facility will incorporate a custody suite, local policing team, criminal justice office, virtual court and an identity parade room.

Occupying a linear site across two distinct levels the scheme incorporates all secure elements on a lower level  clad in pre-cast concrete. Above this will rise a glazed office building facing an entrance plaza and topped by a sedum roof.

Chris Malcolm, Associate at GMA|Ryder in Glasgow said: “The design brings together all the key stages of the criminal justice system in one facility. It responds specifically to the unique opportunities offered by the site topography to create a building which in its transparency, materiality and form is the antithesis of preconceptions about what a custody establishment should look like.

“The new facility will provide all of the city’s custody accommodation on one site and at £9.2 million is very cost effective. The new building will act as a physical expression of the ethos of Grampian Police and the new National Police Service of Scotland - accountable, transparent and visionary, stable, secure and enduring.”

Occupation is pencilled in for late 2013.


Interested Bystander
#1 Posted by Interested Bystander on 1 Nov 2012 at 14:45 PM
What a stunningly attractive building. Exceptional. Glad to see GMA/Ryder finding their feet at last. Congratulations to all involved
Too true
#2 Posted by Too true on 1 Nov 2012 at 15:01 PM
Absolutely, A building of singular complexity and angular horizontality. A unique combination of clarity and vagueness, of independent thought yet one which exercises a plurality of purpose.
Art Vandelay
#3 Posted by Art Vandelay on 1 Nov 2012 at 15:38 PM
I'm sorry, but you've lost me.

Nice image though.
Sir Rano
#4 Posted by Sir Rano on 1 Nov 2012 at 17:22 PM
Calm down people someone might think you work there.

why would anyone in their right mind take a visual from that angle, shocking image. You can't tell a single thing about the building other than it has a massive white roof.
#5 Posted by Mick on 1 Nov 2012 at 19:31 PM
#4 the roof needs to be like that for the helicopters.
Peter Mack
#6 Posted by Peter Mack on 1 Nov 2012 at 20:03 PM
It has been derived from Austin Smith Lord's Almond Housing Association HQ.
If only
#7 Posted by If only on 2 Nov 2012 at 09:50 AM
A prison - designed to hold the directors of architectural practices that don't pay their staff, wind up business and start again.
Jimmy Boyle
#8 Posted by Jimmy Boyle on 12 Nov 2012 at 12:37 PM
Can't wait to experience this for real. I'm sure the inmates will apprecaite the architecural vocabulary / transparency.

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