APP was appointed as Victoria Police’s Project Manager for the project, which involves the complete interior fitout and refurbishment of leased premises across two separate tenancies, totalling 5,500m2. Delivered as cold shell, one tenancy was a former retail shopfront on Bourke Street and the other comprises two levels of commercial space above an adjacent retail mall and restaurants.
The new Police Station will cater for large groups of Police members coming into the CBD to assist with large events, which has required the inclusion of several bespoke components such as extended training and storage facilities.
Important considerations for Victoria Police, which were key to the delivery of this project, was APP’s established retail delivery experience in 24/7 (live) conditions, an extensive experience in the management of design and delivery of office refurbishments from cold shell, plus the ability to add value due to existing relationships with both the Building Management and Landlord teams.
Given the restriction of impending lease expiry of existing Flinders Lane premises early in 2019, APP developed a comprehensive project programme which would enable the new Police Station to be operational in line with Victoria Police’s leasing deadline of April 2019.
With contractor Arete Australia appointed, construction commenced in early October. A major challenge to the delivery of the project was goods ingress and traffic management. Arete proposed the erection of dedicated materials hoist allowing the direct transfer of goods from suppliers to site eliminating double-handling and over-use of existing (shared) dock facilities available in the respective tenancies.
As we head into the shutdown period, APP and Victoria Police Consultant Team (Bamford Architects, Umow Lai, Approval Systems and Hive Structural Engineering) have been working in close collaboration with Arete and the City of Melbourne to safely ramp-up site attendance and accelerate fitout works to achieve key deliverables pre-Christmas. As the site gets busier, so too does Melbourne’s CBD with shoppers and revellers in and around the site, so the entire team is conscious of site safety.
Whilst challenging in its initial stages, the project remains on track in line with original APP programme for the new station to be operational by April 2019.