Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Lisa Neville, and Acting Superintendent, Craig Peel, recently announced the opening of the new state-of-the-art 24-hour police station located at 202 Bourke Street.
A fit-out project totalling circa 5,000m2, the facility delivers premium work spaces including a mix of open plan and office spaces, training and conference facilities, gymnasium, end of trip facilities, breakout spaces and storage areas. The facility provides a larger, more central policing hub for the eastern end of Melbourne’s CBD that boosts the police response and supports police operations in the city.
APP was awarded the project following select tender in early 2018 and provided end-to-end project management consultancy services to Victoria Police, including design management (including planning permits), contractor procurement and contract superintendency. The project delivery was accelerated from day one, with all activity occurring within a twelve-month period.
The project was technically complex. Existing building conditions and construction phase access proved to be the most challenging. Extensive coordination with the City of Melbourne engineering department was also required to enable the delivery of key safety measures for the building. Our ability to foster a team environment with all stakeholders both internal and external was instrumental in minimising changes to Victoria Police’s delivery schedule.
Expertly and safely delivered on site by head contractor Arete (a division of Kane Constructions), over 59,000 work hours were spent on site with zero lost time injuries. Arete delivered a high-quality asset in the required time-frame, in line with Victoria Police’s long-term growth requirements and quality expectations.
More than 1,200 of the Victorian State Government’s promised 3,135 new police have joined the force, including 19 in the Melbourne Division which includes the Melbourne Local Government Area. APP is proud to be playing our part in assisting Victoria Police and the Victorian State Government in one of the biggest investments in Victoria Police’s history.
As noted by the Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville “The new Melbourne East Police Station is about ensuring our dedicated and hard-working police officers have a state-of-the-art policing hub that makes it easier for them to respond to major incidents in the city.”