Redevelopment of former Richmond Police Station
Yarra Council is proposing to transform the former Richmond Police Station into a community arts space.
The police station is located next to the Richmond Town Hall on Bridge Road.
Council sought community feedback about the proposal in May 2015. The consultation included two information sessions where heritage and architectural consultants Lovell Chen presented prelimary designs for the police station.
Please, note these are early plans. If approved, redevelopment of the building would not be expected to commence until 2018.
A vision for central Richmond
The former police station sits to the west of Richmond Town Hall (next to Barbeques Galore) and is a building of significant heritage value.
It was constructed in the late 1870s and has been extended and modified over time.
The building is currently used as Council offices and storage space.
Council sees the redevelopment of the building as the first step towards its broader vision for activating the area around the town hall.
This vision for Bridge Road was first outlined in Council’s Urban Design Framework – Richmond Town Hall Precinct July 2007, which can be viewed on Council’s website.
What is proposed?
A two staged development is planned.
Stage one of the proposal focuses on redeveloping the former police station into a community arts facility.
The building’s external areas would be used as publicly accessible ‘pop up’ art spaces and for street theatre.
Council is proposing to demolish all alterations and additions made to the building, retaining only the original two-storey police station and bluestone lock up dating back to the 1870s.
A new two storey building at right angles to the street on the western side would effectively create two ground level public spaces – a semi enclosed courtyard and an under croft space below the new building.
A new ramp and stairs at the front of the police station from Bridge Road would improve access and reactivate the building’s main façade.
If the works described above are supported by the community and granted a planning permit, construction would be expected to begin in 2018.
Stage two would involve construction of a dedicated two to three storey art gallery at the rear of the courtyard on the northern side of the site.
A budget has not yet been set for the project, but the first stage of works is expected to cost in excess of $1 million.
Further information about the proposal appears in the Richmond Police Station Feasibility Study:
Richmond Police Station Feasibility Study (3.35 MB)
Traders with further questions can contact:
Kim Swinson, Coordinator Economic Development
Ph. 9205 5303
For arts and cultural information contact:
Siu Chan, Coordinator Arts, Culture and Venues
Ph: 9205 5045
For project information, contact:
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Ann Limbrey, Building Projects Manager
PH: 9205 5713