A proposal for the first purpose-built headquarters for Victoria Police since the 1940s has been approved.

Designed by Woods Bagot, the 39-storey Victoria Police Centre in Melbourne will house 4000 police personnel.

Located at 311 Spencer Street, the new building will be adjacent to the existing City West Police Complex, also designed by Woods Bagot, and will attempt to connect to it with the new design. For instance, one of the key features of the City West Police Complex is a public forecourt at the base, creating a welcoming environment for the public. The design for the new centre will also incorporate this, along with an interpretation centre to exhibit police memorabilia and artefacts.

Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Jack Blayney told the Herald Sun that the new modern headquarters would allow the state’s best investigators to collaborate on cases under one roof. He said the building would have “cutting edge security” and its exterior would be blast proof.

The development is a market-led proposal put forward by Australia Post and Cbus Property. Construction will start next year, and is due to be completed in 2020.