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Parliament of Victoria HVM Upgrade

Deployment of hostile vehicle mitigation barriers at one of Melbourne most heritage-sensitive sites.

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Project Details

Project Partners
FPPV Architecture
Owner
Parliament of Victoria
Location
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Completion Date
Area
1,800 m²
Parliament of Victoria HVM upgrade in Melbourne, Australia. Thornton Tomasetti

Overview

Constructed in 1856, the Victorian Parliament House in Melbourne served as the meeting place of the Federal Parliament of Australia, during the period when Melbourne was the temporary national capital, and is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

The Parliament of Victoria were one of the first Victorian Government institutions to embark on security reviews following vehicle attacks in 2017-2018. Against a backdrop of similar terrorist attacks in other countries, the Department of Parliamentary Services decided to enhance security at the Parliament House through the deployment of vehicle barriers.

We provided protective design services to FPPV Architecture and the Parliament of Victoria to enhance security at Parliament House through the deployment of vehicle barriers.

Highlights

  • We were engaged to provide Threat, Vulnerability and Risk Assessments and subsequently security engineering advice around the deployment of hostile vehicle mitigation measures.
  • The deployment of hostile vehicle mitigation barriers outside one of Melbourne’s most recognizable landmarks presented some challenges as security, heritage and architectural interest were inevitably in conflict with one another.