The State Government has awarded the main construction contract for the new Perth Police Complex to BGC Construction Pty Ltd.
The BGC contract to build the facility, at the corner of Roe, Fitzgerald and James streets in Northbridge, is worth $57.8million.
Police Minister Rob Johnson said the $113million project was on time and on budget, with building set to start next month and the complex ready for use by late 2012.
“The Perth Police Complex will be one important component in a revitalised zone linking the CBD and Northbridge, and become a tremendous asset in terms of helping make this area safer for everyone,” Mr Johnson said.
“The new 24-hour station will accommodate about 500 officers and staff and consist of the Perth Police Centre; a new Perth Watch House; a Magistrate’s Court; and the Central Metropolitan District Office.
“The new Perth Watch House will be able to hold in custody up to 72 persons who cannot be bailed and are awaiting an initial court appearance. The single Magistrate’s Court will operate six days a week.”
The public entrances to the building will be off Fitzgerald Street, with access to a basement for police operational vehicles off James Street. Perth Watch House vehicles will enter the complex from Roe Street.
Forward works have already been carried out on the site, including demolition of existing buildings, the relocation of essential services, bore piling and removal of soil.
The 17,090 metre-square four-storey building was designed by architect Peter Hunt in association with Daryl Jackson Architects and Guymer Bailey Architects.
The Minister said the complex had been designed to complement the surrounding buildings.
“The team working on this project have gone to great lengths to ensure the building, in its scale, height and design, will fit into the context of Northbridge,” he said.
“The new facility will not only be attractive and innovative in appearance but also offer state-of-the-art, efficient and comfortable work facilities for our hard working police officers.”
Mr Johnson said in addition to the new complex, the State Government was spending considerable funds to ensure WA Police officers were well resourced, including:
· $208.5million for an additional 500 officers and 200 support staff over five years
· $47.5million to expand the Perth Metropolitan Radio Network
· $33million across forward estimates to continue the upgrade of the WA Police I.T system, as well as $15.7million for police to upgrade its core information and communication infrastructure.
“Under the Liberal-National Government, WA Police are better resourced than ever before, with hundreds of additional police officers out on the streets responding to anti-social behaviour and preventing crime,” the Minister said.
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