The existing Police Station constructed in the early 1900’s and located in the heart of the township was out of date and was unable to match future growth. The replacement Police Station located on a greenfield site with direct access to the Bruce Highway is ideally located to sustain growth of this regional area. The new Police Station will accommodate the current 7 uniform police and up to 12 and includes investigative offices.
JMC Architects were honoured to work on this project and we took on the challenge with a great sense of pride and ownership. The Police State was designed to sit comfortably within the context of its surrounds capturing the prevailing breezes to the courtyard, and importantly maintaining a civil street presence whilst appearing welcoming and engaging to the community. The new Police Station is inviting and designed to encourage community engagement providing an aesthetic solution that response to the tropical climate and site.
The dominant land form, The Walsh’s Pyramid, and the surrounding Great Dividing Range influence the positioning of the entry and façade treatment. The red brick and white articulations pick up on the flow of the terrain and relate back to the materials once readily used for construction in Gordonvale for civic buildings such as Police Stations, Fire Stations and Ambulance buildings. The entry is elevated an opens out to address the significant land form, The Walsh’s Pyramid.
JMc Architects involvement in this PSBA project included architectural services for all stages for a traditional contract.
“I was thrilled to learn that local architect Julianne McAlloon was successful in her tender to design both the Fire and Police Stations. It is pleasing to see talented locals being engaged on significant community Projects.”
Curtis Pitt, Member for Mulgrave