The Family Violence Centre of Learning is located within the Glen Waverley Police Academy grounds and the first scenario-based training facility dedicated to family violence in Australia.
The 3000m2 building is divided into two wings connected by a central open atrium featuring skylights reflecting the Victoria Police Sillitoe tartan pattern. The building accommodates a 60-seat auditorium, 15 syndicate rooms, training rooms, offices, separate staff and cadet mess and amenities facilities, conference rooms, and meeting rooms. Training spaces are fitted with state-of-the-art video technology that allows scenario training sessions to be live streamed to trainees on and off campus. The space is adaptable to several scenarios using division curtains and adaptable entries to simulate different socioeconomic domestic situations, and is used by trainees including cadets, superintendents, commanders, lawyers, prosecutors, and investigators.
As this project was procured via “true” design and construct methodology, IBC engaged the services of FMSA, Meinhardt and Outlines Landscape Architecture to complete the design that was submitted with our tender.
The aim of the design was to enhance the presence of the main academy structure and existing landscape. This was achieved through the layout and positioning of the building and curving around the existing prestigious building.
The main features of the building include glazed façade, metal cladding, composite timber cladding, sizeable female and male change areas, exposed aggregate pathways, a large canopy to the entry/external courtyards and a terrace overlooking back towards the main academy building.
IBC received a High Commendation for the Victoria Police – Family Violence Centre of Learning at the 2020 AIB Professional Excellence in Building and Construction Awards in the $1 Million – $25 Million Category.