MoD Joint Headquarters Building shortlisted for


MoD Joint Headquarters Building shortlisted for “Best Operational Project” at the Partnerships Bulletin Awards 2011

The MoD Joint Headquarters Building in Northwood, Middlesex, designed by Scott Brownrigg has been shortlisted in the Partnership Bulletin Awards 2011 for “Best Operational Project”.

Now in its 13th year, the awards, formerly know as the Public Private Finance Awards are judged by the most respected names in PFI/PPP and are recognised as the highest accolade available to the industry.

For the last ten years Scott Brownrigg has been providing masterplanning, architecture, town planning, space planning and interior design services to Carillion and the MoD Northwood Development teams on the regeneration of this key MoD strategic site.  Facilities on the site include the Royal Navy’s worldwide Maritime Operations Centre; new and refurbished single living accommodation for over 600 personnel; a range of new community and leisure facilities which incorporate a Sport and Fitness Centre, a pre-school nursery and a landmark church building.  The focal point of the regeneration project is the 170,000 sq ft BREEAM “Excellent” Headquarters Building which houses the new UK Joint Forces Headquarters and a generic Multi National Force Headquarters.

The building was opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh on 6 May 2010. It provides radically improved, secure and distinctive new accommodation and will enable the implementation of step-change efficiencies in the operational planning and control of UK Joint Forces worldwide.

The last building at Northwood has recently been handed over and an official end of construction ceremony will take place in August/September 2011.

Mike Shand, Architectural Director at Scott Brownrigg who has been responsible for Northwood over the entire 10 year period, said, “The fundamental objective of the regeneration of Northwood, and of the new HQ building in particular, was to give our forces an advantage during any military operation. Our design solution for this complex building has provided the foundation for achieving this objective by providing secure separation, while enabling close physical adjacencies of operational departments along with the capability of rapid response to changing military demands and needs.  In the process of meeting the fundamental objective, we have also radically improved the wider living and working accommodation across the site to create a modern, safe and secure strategic defence facility for the 21st century.”