Former Met Police buildings go on sale across London

Former Hackney Central police station. Photo: Knight Frank
Former Hackney Central police station – one of a number of sites currently being marketed. Photo: Knight Frank

In March this year the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) announced that they would be closing a number of police stations as part of moves to save a forecast £60m, with 29 of the buildings to be sold off.

A few days ago I noticed that one of the sites earmarked for disposal – the former Hackney Central police station – had gone on the market with estate agents Knight Frank, resulting in this story for the Hackney Citizen.

The turnaround between the police leaving the building and the site being listed for sale has been quick – less than a month between it closing its doors as a police station and the site being put up for sale.

And a quick browse on property site Zoopla turns up listings for a number of other former police stations which have been listed with similar speed:

Census 2011: Which areas of Hackney are growing the fastest?

Newly released census figures show those areas of Hackney driving the borough’s burgeoning population growth.

Data on the number of people living in each council ward show there to have been significant increases across almost all of the borough between 2001 and 2011. But the figures reveal that:

  • population increased by two fifths in three council wards – Dalston, Hoxton and Leabridge – over the ten-year period;
  • the number of people living in one Hackney council ward – Brownswood – actually fell between 2001 and 2011;
  • Cazenove ward in the north of the borough remains the most densely populated area.


Figures released in July of this year showed that Hackney’s population had increased from 207,200 in 2011 to 246,300 in 2011. The increase, of 18.9 per cent, made it the third fastest growing borough in London.