Southampton Police’s Operational Command Unit / Broadway Malyan


Architects: Broadway Malyan
Location: , Hampshire, England
Structural Engineers: WYG
Design Team: Broadway
Client:  Hampshire Constabulary
Project area: 8,500 sqm
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Broadway Malyan

© Broadway Malyan

Southampton police’s Operational Command Unit, designed by international architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan and built by Kier Southern, has officially opened.

The landmark eight storey building, located on the western approach to the city, comprises a new police station for the Hampshire Constabulary, headquarters building and custody suite which houses 36 cells.

© Broadway Malyan

The southern and northern elevations are finished with natural stone, which is contrasted by the predominantly glazed east and west elevations, giving a light modern feeling. Vertical louvres are attached to the elevations in a staggered pattern, changing the appearance of the building when viewed from different directions. The public entrance is marked by a double height canopy and generous public plaza, which is both welcoming and formal.


Associate Stuart Bertie said: “This sharp piece of architecture has created a public building which has a clarity of form which honestly portrays its functions. Its form is simple, with the limestone and glass faced office tower sitting over a solid brick base containing the custody suite, creating a simplicity and legibility for both public and staff.

“Procured under the IESE Contractor’s framework, the construction process has been an excellent example of collaboration between a public sector client, contractor and designer.”

© Broadway Malyan

Hampshire Police Authority chair Jacqui Rayment said: “The new building will increase police efficiency and reduce costs by combining a wider range of operations in one location.”

Broadway Malyan acted as planning consultant, architect and landscape architect on the project, helping to secure planning consent and implement the approved proposals, involving public and stakeholder engagement.

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Cite: "Southampton Police’s Operational Command Unit / Broadway Malyan" 18 Apr 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • Igor
    • Viriato

      the bldg. looks like (a poorer, more rigid copy) of Portuguese architects’ Aires Mateus rectorate at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, inaugurated 9 years ago (2002) @ these coordinates:
      38°44’1.65″N, 9° 9’36.95″W

  • Gonzalo

    Where have i seen that before???
    What a copy!!!

    Just google images Aires Mateus!!!

  • Max

    Deleting comments won’t change it: this building already exists in Portugal

  • Gonzalo

    We thought the same thing. We know its difficult to be entirely original, but very easy to just do a simple copy. Scandalous i think.

  • V

    If I was Aires Mateus, I would call my lawyer straight away.

  • jan

    aires mateus rectorate building in lisboa copy. otherwise, it’s a fine project

  • max

    OK copy but still good to see it in country where 99,9% architecture looks like that:

  • Orlando

    This is totally unacceptable: not only from Broadway Malyan (who copied/pasted Aires Mateus work) but also from Archdaily for promoting this unethical (illegal?) behaviour.
    Otherwise, I just finished a project in France I would like to see published in Archdaily…

    • Viriato

      The curious thing is that Broadway Malyan has an office in Lisbon, and former employees who worked with Aires Mateus…
      Globalization @ its best!

      • Orlando

        No kidding?!?!

  • Mayra

    How come somebody copies someone else’s work and publishes it as his own???
    Shame on Broadway Malyan!