The Woods Bagot-designed police headquarters in Melbourne has been given the green light by the Victorian government to add a new, 39-story, high-security tower.
The addition is a market-led proposal put forward by Australia Post and Cbus Property for a site adjacent to the existing City West Police Complex (CWPC) at 313 Spencer Street, also designed by Woods Bagot and completed in 2015. The new building will be located next door at 311 Spencer Street.
The development will provide Victoria Police with a connection to the existing complex, as well as create a unique opportunity for police to co-locate and consolidate their Melbourne central business district (CBD) operations into one stand-alone precinct. Upon completion, the project will house 2,500 police personnel and include a public foyer on the ground floor and an interpretation center to exhibit police memorabilia and artifacts. The headquarters will include frontline police and investigators in transit and public safety; road policing; family violence; state emergencies; and security, crime, counter-terrorism, intelligence, and covert support command. Neighborhood Watch will also be offered space at the center.
The features of the site, combined with landscaping, urban design interventions, built form initiatives, and invisible technologies, will offer a secure facility that remains integrated into the wider streetscape. The site is within close proximity to Southern Cross Station and provides excellent access and egress to arterial road networks.
The proposal was deemed to have “met the required criteria and had potential to offer value for money and unique security characteristics,” according to a statement.
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