Sinclair Knight Merz Pty Ltd
The new 24-hour Police Station in Barkly Street, Ararat was constructed to replace the existing Ararat Police Station. The new facility was constructed on a 2300m2 site and included the main two-storey building (1900m2 over two levels) with an impressive entry foyer and reception area, car parking, security fences, state-of-the-art building services, external storage sheds, and landscaping; which included the preservation of existing heritage trees.
The modernised Police Station was intended to be utilised as a multi-use 24-hour facility that includes holding cells, meeting and conference facilities, divisional areas, gymnasiums, quiet rooms, and staff offices.
The building itself was designed with a combination of structural steel, concrete ground floor and suspended first floor slabs; and features a complex facade that includes a combination of Rheinzinc, Vitre-Panel, honed bluestone cladding, and colourful feature glazing elements.