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The new Police Station and District Headquarters (DHQ) Facility provides a consolidated regional approach, combining several offices and services from the Caboolture area into one integrated facility. The new facility has improved police operational functions whilst accommodating substantial increases in staffing models and work flows.
The DHQ building is separate from the main Police Station with the space in between designed as a break-out area for staff with seating and soft landscaping. Although the buildings are physically separated by this space, the whole facility is integrated with the main façade and covered walkway running across the face of both buildings. This façade forms a strong, singular community presence to the facility. It is a similar scale to neighbouring commercial and residential buildings, with architecture that reflects a clear civic nature, but is still responsive to the scale of the immediate surrounds.
Given the site was once utilized as a water treatment facility, the citing of the new facility was particularly sensitive given that the bases of several massive 20-30M diameter, reinforced concrete storage tanks were required to be retained and integrated into the new development. Over a sloping site, 2000sqm of accommodation was provided on the one level for strategic operational purposes, whilst storage and services plant areas were integrated into an undercroft area at the lower end of the site.
With over 200 staff working at the combined facility, it was important that a break-out area be provided, and this was integrated successfully through a landscaped area between the buildings. It provides a large, open area with a south-west outlook to free ranging kangaroos and the Caboolture River, and is well utilised by staff. The space features a coloured, patterned polycarbonate screen which filters light and buffers inclement weather, whilst providing safe, staff access from a well trafficable stair leading down to the main car parking area.