The new owner of the former Hampstead Police Station has said the Grade II listed building will become offices or homes – or a mixture of the two.
South Hampstead-based development firm Redington Capital said it had bought the Rosslyn Hill site for around £ 10million, with the deal due to be finalized next month.
The Department of Education bought the building for £ 14.1million from the Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime (MOPAC) in 2013.
Abacus Belsize Elementary School has made two unsuccessful attempts to make it its home, with Camden Council and then a planning inspector dismissing their efforts last year.
James Frost, CEO of Redington Capital, said the “path of least resistance” would guide his decision on what form the building would take – but that as it was, he was “more focused on high quality offices “.
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The Hampstead resident told Ham & High: ‘We are not going to expand it [the building].
“We are not going to do anything contentious, far from it. We just want to work with the local authority.
“I own other properties in nearby Hampstead so I just want to give it back its former glory. It is a beautiful building.
An urban planning request is expected in the next 12 months. James said the old station would be split up and sold as a home, and the shed would be sold and turned into more homes or offices.
The CEO said there would be “absolutely no change in the structure of the building.”
Some Hampstead residents have requested that part of the building be used as community space.
James said he would have to discuss this with Camden’s council but that he was “not ruling anything out at this time.”
Hampstead City Councilor Oliver Cooper said, “Camden has to be tough on getting the most benefit for the local community from this development. Residents want community space provided here or very near. “
Alex Nicoll, vice chairman of the Hampstead Neighborhood Forum, said the proposal “looks likely to be a positive development”.
“If the main use of the old police station is to be offices, it should benefit the local economy without disrupting the comfort of neighbors,” he said.
The Rosslyn Hill site still houses police cells and the old Hampstead Magistrate’s Court.
The Education Department declined to comment.