Wood Street Police Station, London

McMorran & Whitby for City of London Police
Date Built
1963 - 1966
Wood Street & Love Lane
This Grade II* Listed, reinforced concrete building, is made up of two linked parts.  It is clad in Portland stone with a slate roof.  The listing information says that, "... The lower portion of four storeys and basements, serves as police station with (originally) offices for special constables on ceremonial upper floor. Rusticated ground and first floor and large stacks. Regular facades with stepped fenestration:"

To the side and rear is a thirteen-storey tower containing offices and flats (see below).

Plans to close some police stations in the city include a proposal to enlarge Wood Street.  The "www.citymatters.london" website explains that, "... Plans for the Wood Street site, which is owned by the local authority, include a nine-storey tower extension, infill of an existing courtyard, basement conversion, and provision of additional parking, increasing the floorspace by almost 3,000 square metres.  Historic England raised concerns that the extension would have a detrimental impact on the Grade II-listed building, which ... is considered “one of London’s finest postwar classical buildings” according to the heritage body.  However, planners decided the proposals would result in “less than substantial harm” to the aesthetic significance of the building, and that it is outweighed by the benefits to the public." 

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