Western Australian Police Academy

The Western Australian Police Academy plays such an important role in our society. The quality of the Academy is reflected in the quality of the graduates who fulfil a vital role in communities across the state.

The Academy incorporates administration, lecture theatres, teaching areas as well as tactical and fitness training, scenario village, student and executive conference and canteen areas, student accommodation, parade ground, chapel and memorial garden. These have all been formally masterplanned around a man-made lake as its central focus.

A ceremonial tree-lined access road off Lakeside Drive, use of sculpture and an elevated shade canopy over the campus’ main circulation street heighten the civic formality. The material palette of timber, limestone and zinc panelling; rectilinear plan forms and fenestration and colonnades have all been carefully considered and chosen to achieve a collegiate model from all vantage points within the education precinct.

The Academy masterplan and aesthetic design create a sense of permanency and dignity. However, it’s not overburdened with authority or power. Instead, a carefully developed composition creates an immediately apparent sense of welcome. There is a strong sense of environmental fit to achieve energy efficiency and cost effectiveness.

The Academy masterplan and aesthetic design create a sense of permanency and dignity.

A carefully developed composition creates an immediately apparent sense of welcome.