Cbus Completes $650m Police HQ


Cbus Property has completed a $650 million A-grade office tower in central Melbourne set to house the Victorian police force.

The completion of the 40-storey tower, located at 311 Spencer Street, gives the Victoria Police a dedicated, purpose-built headquarters for the first time since 1943.

Next door to the new tower at 313 Spencer Street, on the same 11,750sq m plot once occupied by an Australia Post mail centre, Cbus has already developed the smaller City West police station, which was completed in 2015.

Together, the buildings occupy the north-west corner of the Hoddle Grid in Melbourne’s CBD and comprise the Victoria Police Centre precinct, with almost 5,300 police officers and support staff across 26 commands and departments to be based between them.

The headquarters will replace Victoria Police’s current base at the World Trade Centre on Flinders Street with the state police taking a 30-year lease on the building. The federal police will also occupy the premises.

The new police HQ, which originally exceeded strict limits on CBD development when first proposed, qualified for extra development under a public benefit provision.

The Woods Bagot-designed building is owned in partnership with Asia-based Keppel REIT, and was constructed by Probuild.

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311 Spencer Street CBUS Melbourne
▲ Both buildings connect at five points, including bridges and pathways. The rich history of Victoria Police is also celebrated in the expansive new foyer, with a large-scale police badge inlaid in the floor and an honour and valour board. Image: Cbus Property

Cbus Property chief executive Adrian Pozzo said that 311 Spencer Street had obtained a 5 Star Green Star Design and As Built rating.

“Cbus Property is proud to deliver a modern, purpose-built facility for Victoria Police with state-of-the-art technology to ensure the police force is in the best possible position to serve the community and improve the safety of all Victorians for decades to come,” Pozzo said.

The building will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy as part of Cbus Property’s involvement in the City of Melbourne-facilitated second Melbourne Renewable Energy Project.

The building’s suite of environmentally sustainable design and wellness features includes highly efficient air-conditioning and lighting systems; a solar-boosted heating system to reduce energy and rainwater and greywater recycling to reduce water consumption.

The project also includes the construction of a helipad for the Police Air Wing where the force’s three new Leonardo AW139 helicopters would be able to land.

It also features a new operations centre, media centre and Victoria Police Museum featuring historical displays and a total of 600 car parks.

The total floor space of tower one is a staggering 65,000sq m, bringing the total size of the complex to 94,000sq m when including the second 313 Spencer Street tower.

On the corner of Bourke and Queen Streets Cbus is pushing ahead with the development of a new $1 billion office tower after the Victorian government approved the pared-back 49-storey building.

The 64,500sq m Bates Smart-designed development will sit atop an amalgamated 3,000sq m site, after the developer united four neighbouring properties.

The project sits only a few blocks from the developer’s $1.3 billion twin-tower project at 447 Collins Street.

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