Construction on the new Victoria Police Centre has reached a major milestone, with the final floor poured on the 40-storey building, marking the completion of the building structure.
Adjoining the existing 313 Spencer Street Police Complex, the new VPC will be internally fitted out over the coming months, with the first staff moving in mid next year.
More than 5000 employees will be based in the building, moving from the current headquarters at the World Trade Centre.
Visiting the site today to mark the major milestone, Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said the new modern purpose built facility would enable consolidation of Victoria Police’s CBD operations and support staff into one location.
“The opportunity to co-locate with the existing 313 Spencer Street Police Complex, which was completed in 2015, will allow greater interaction and collaboration between operational and business teams,” he said.
“With this consolidated police precinct, it will bring many benefits for both police and the community. Along with providing police with a much improved modern headquarters, frontline police will be more effectively supported in their work to keep Victorians safe.
“It will provide a focal point and sense of security for the community, and allow us to rapidly deploy some of our specialist teams which will be located in the building.”
Some of the key features of the new Victoria Police Centre include:
• A new State Police Operations Centre linking the existing Joint Intelligence Group and Major Incident Room to better coordinate and manage large scale operations;
• An expansion of state of the art technology, maximising the sharing of information between units and improving community safety;
• A helipad for the Police Air Wing;
• Interconnecting bridges to provide walkways between 311 and 313 Spencer Street, increasing interactivity and collaboration; and
• A new Media Centre.
The completion of the building structure was marked today with a building “Top Out” ceremony, with the project team joined by the Chief Commissioner, Minister for Police Lisa Neville, owners Cbus Property and Keppel REIT, and Probuild who have designed and constructed the building.