Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Cop Shop

Time does fly past. It must be a couple of years since the various police branches moved out of the St Kilda Road Police Station to Police Headquarters. It housed the drug squad, the homicide squad, anti corruption squad, and a room containing a lot of telephone books to minimise bruising when the police used 'alternative means' to extract confessions. The building was going to be turned into apartments. The developer wanted a car parking exemption, as there is an insufficient number of car spaces under the building. The developer wanted retail on the ground floor but no loading bay for stock delivery or rubbish removal. The developer wanted extend the first floor right out over the footpath. I assume our local council denied the development and I don't think it went to the Victorian Civil Administration Tribunal for judgement.  Photo from 2005.


Tradespeople have working inside the building for some time and it seems it will remain as offices. Quite a while ago, workers began putting framework up for what I assume will be cladding, to give the building a more modern appearance. All work stopped immediately after the Grenfell Tower fire in London. I think I can safely assume that the fire rating of the chosen cladding was checked and found to be insufficient, shall we say. Work restarted last week and I think some of the already placed framing has been removed.

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  1. I think the Grenfell Tower fire has made life safer for a lot of people world wide. The cost for that increased safety is high though.

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    1. EC, it does seem to be a worldwide problem and hopefully it will now be taken seriously and cladding won't be part of cutting costs.

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  2. The only good thing that came out of the Grenfell Tower fire is the attention given to what cladding is being used. I hope the diligence never slackens henceforth.

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    1. Lee, we can only hope it is lesson learnt and not forgotten.

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  3. Ahhhhh the police......nice memories

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  4. Too many offices in central locations push people further and further out of town. Personally I would prefer the opposite.

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    1. Cro, quite the opposite here. Apartments are taking over office buildings, either the building or just the site, in and near the city centre.

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  5. So whether we like it or not, that dreadful fire has had a good effect, that of making developers more aware of what they use to clad their buildings.

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    1. River, and not just developers, but perhaps more importantly regulators of the industry.

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  6. Hopefully that awful fire made everyone in the building industry more careful with the materials used in construction. It seems a lot of work and great expense would be involved in changing offices into apartments...

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    1. Sami, yes, a lot of work to change buildings. Generally, from developers down to small builders, they prefer demolish and build from scratch. I think it is bit different in European countries.

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    2. And aren't you gone yet? I look forward to your holiday tales.

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  7. Better to be safe than sorry. Good to see the positive ripple effect from the awful disaster at Grenfell Tower. Greetings to you.

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    1. Blogoratte, and Australia has been found very wanting.

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  8. It was fortunate that they hadn't gone too far Andrew. Such a tragedy needs to have a positive effect!

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    1. Grace, quite so. The cladding is one of those things that will be looked back with incredulity.

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  9. It's an amazing looking building. I imagine those walls heard and saw a lot......
    I trust they will keep fire regs front and center.

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    1. Sandra, yes, the building had quite a reputation.

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