Victoria Police Academy
Following a competitive tender process, builder Ireland Brown Construction and FMSA Architecture were engaged by Victoria Police to deliver a new training and office accommodation facility under a design and construct arrangement. Designed and built in 10 months, the new ‘Centre of Learning for Family Violence’ collocates practical training spaces for cadets with office accommodation for Victoria Police Academy staff.
The state of the art facility includes the first scenario training facility dedicated to family violence in Australia. The space is adaptable to a number of scenarios using division curtains and adaptable entries to simulate different socio-economic domestic situations. The space will be used by trainees including cadets, superintendents, commander, lawyers, prosecutors and investigators.
The building is divided into two wings connected by a central open atrium featuring skylights reflecting the Victoria Police sillitoe tartan pattern. The building accommodates a 60 seat auditorium, 15 syndicate rooms, training rooms, offices, separate staff and cadet mess and amenities facilities, conference and meeting rooms. Training spaces are fitted with state of the art video technology that allows scenario training sessions to be live streamed to trainees on and off campus.
The main features of the building include glazed façade, metal cladding, composite timber cladding, sizeable female and male change areas, exposed aggregate pathways, a large canopy to the entry/external courtyards and a terrace overlooking the main academy building.
The aim of the design was to enhance the presence of the main academy structure and existing landscape. This has been achieved through the layout and the orienting the building towards the existing historic seminary building and curving the form to follow the existing curved pathway through the campus.
Photographer: Rachael Dere
Video: Victoria Police
“As architects we have a unique opportunity to shape the way we live, work and learn. The Centre of Learning for Family Violence demonstrates how informed and collaborative design can boost the quality of training environments for front line agencies like Victoria Police, which in turn improves social outcomes for the wider community.”