Issue No.1   February 2001
Announcement by Bow Street Partners Ltd.:-
Otherwise known as The London Policing Museum.
A lively visitor attraction about policing London is going to be developed in Bow Street, Covent Garden.
Visitors will be able to try out typical policing tasks, to see how technology is used to fight crime and maintain order, and to discover the heritage of policing from papers and objects held by the Police's museum collections. THE BEAT (provisional name) will tell how London's extraordinary success is rooted in the stability provided by sound policing. It will be full of human interest and enjoyment, and will provide for discussions about the serious issues of policing in this great multiracial metropolis.

The Metropolitan Police Authority is leasing the former Bow Street Police Station to a private consortium in order that it can be used to house THE BEAT. This is a splendid Grade II listed building dating from 1881 which stands in Covent Garden opposite the Royal Opera House and next to Bow Street Magistrates Court. The space available will be increased by erecting a new block in the rear yard. THE BEAT will occupy the lower floors of the buildings and its adjoining cell block. It will be financed by the rents from prestige offices on the upper floors.

The building will be refurbished and extended by Salmon Harvester Properties. The architects are Jestico and Whiles and engineers the Rolton Group. THE BEAT is being created by a team led by Thorburns, leisure development consultants, advised by London Police Education Ltd., a charitable trust. Opening is planned for early in 2003, under the management of Heritage Projects Ltd.