Project inspired by surrounds
By JUSTIN JENVEY
THE architect responsible for designing Bright’s $3.2 million police station says the building was not only inspired by the alpine environment but also local churches.
Shannon Johns, one of the directors of Echuca’s Brandrick Architects, was tasked with creating a new police station that was spacious, modern and didn’t look out of place in a residential part of Bright.
“The use of stone and roof lines was the element of the alpine area but what was also taken off a few of the churches around Bright,” Mr Johns said.
“Bright’s got some really interesting churches so what we came up with was also influenced by some of those.”
Mr Johns and Brandrick’s have plenty of previous experience designing police stations in the North East and are more than familiar many of the considerations that have to be made.
So do builders Q1 Constructions from Wodonga who completed the works for both Bright and Corryong police stations.
“The issue particularly with a police station is the security side of things,” Mr Johns said.
“In relation to the facade of the building the front can obviously be seen by the public but a lot of the back of the building can’t be seen by the public.
“There are a whole lot of security requirements based on that.
“When designing a building like a police station it’s also important for it be welcoming to the public because most of the time you’re not going there for a pleasant matter.
“There are three sections to the station, you’ve got foyer and public consultation room up the front, behind that the workings of the building and then the custody or holding area.
“One of the big focuses was having a space that could be used to coordinator large scale operations like search and rescues, a space that a lot of the emergency services can utilise.”
Mr Johns said the steepness of the block at 7 Park Street prompted a number of other considerations and overall believes the building suits its location.
“The site is quite tight and because we had a three metre fall it was important we utilised the block as well as we could,” he said
“I think it fits in the space really well, although it’s in a residential area with a few heritage type dwellings it brings a modern element.
“I hope the town likes it, I think (Senior Sergeant) Doug (Incoll) is happy and hopefully all the other members are to.”