27/06/2012

New Scotland Yard's Iconic Revolving Sign Has Moved

One of the most recognisable symbols of law and order in the world has moved following the completion of building works outside New Scotland Yard.

The iconic revolving sign now takes pride of place on the pavement between Broadway and Dacre Street.

The building works began in September 2011 after an urgent requirement to enhance the electrical and mechanical infrastructure for NSY. The majority of the work has taken place in the existing basement area, following the removal of the former Sorrisso building.

A new building houses ventilation outlets and provides an attractive backdrop for the relocated sign. This has also opened up the pavement area, reducing the current unintentional obstructions and creating a safer environment for tourists and media.

The revolving sign was designed by artist Edward Wright (1912-1988) who was also specifically commissioned in 1968 to design the unique Flaxman typeface. The font is unique to NSY - matching all the room numbers and original signs within NSY tower block.

Wright’s original concept was that the ‘Revolving triangular shape and reflective steel lettering was symbolic of the Met’s constant vigilance in guarding our safety.’

The sign, which revolves more than 14,000 times a day, has provided the backdrop to some of the most significant policing moments over the last 44 years and is recognised throughout the world.

It has become one of the most photographed locations in London and is synonymous with the great history and reputation of the Metropolitan Police Service and New Scotland Yard.

(GK)

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