Hi! The new Victoria Police Centre in Melbourne will be developed by Woods Bagot. The Australian company winning project has 39 storeys and a public foyer on the ground floor. It will also have an exhibit police memorabilia and artifacts. It will house 2,500 police personnel.
‘The firm looked at some of the design elements and ideas it explored for the City West Police Complex to connect the two buildings together.’ said Simon Dick, Woods Bagot Principal.
He continues ‘a building that had a visual transparency to it at ground floor so it was inviting to the public’.
‘One of the key features in the first [building] is a public forecourt at the base. It sits at the corner of Spencer and La Trobe streets, anyone can go in there. What we’re trying to do is continue the quality of that landscape and public realm that’s been created on the corner there and bring it across the street front along Spencer Street.’ said Dick.
‘What this new building will do is take the remainder of the police force from the World Trade Centre […] and create a whole [new] precinct, so the whole police force will be in one location and they’ll have an equal level of amenity and accommodation that is equal across all members,’ Dick said. Half of the police is at City West Police Complex and the other half at the World Trade Centre.
The project is expected to be finished by 2020.
To know more about the company: ‘Woods Bagot is a People Architecture company. We place human experience at the centre of our design process in order to deliver engaging, future-oriented projects that respond to the way people actually use space.’