Major structural works have been completed on the Victoria Police Centre, a 39-storey headquarters that will form part of a new CBD police hub.
Construction on the building began in 2017, with 650 people on site each day. More than one million construction hours have already been completed as part of the major project.
In addition, more than 1000 construction jobs and 100 trainee positions have been created or retained due to the works.
Cbus Property, Keppel REIT and Probuild are developing the Victoria Police Centre and have locally sourced at least 82 per cent of its content.
The building, which has undergone an official topping out ceremony, features security technologies that will be integrated into the wider streetscape to provide safety for frontline police and staff.
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Around 2500 police and staff will be based in the facility, including officers from Victoria Police monitoring and assessment centre, transit and public safety, road policing command, family violence command and state emergencies and security command.
The building fit out is expected to be finalised in early 2020, where staff will move from the current base at the World Trade Centre.
Victorian Police Minister, Lisa Neville, said the Victorian Government is proud to give the police state-of-the-art infrastructure and tools to keep communities safe.
“Victoria Police will soon have a dedicated police precinct in West Melbourne integrated with partner agencies, the courts, Southern Cross station and major arterial roads, making it easier for them to complete their critical work,” Neville said.
“We’re prioritising local jobs through local content requirements by supporting and creating more than 1000 jobs, 50 apprenticeships and 50 traineeships over the life of this project.”