Armidale Police Station

Brett Boardman

Armidale Police Station


Government Architect’s Office (NSW)

Project architect

William Phelps


Corner Moore and Faulkner St, Armidale


NSW Police

Project cost

$7 million



Redevelopment of the Armidale Police Station site provides a contemporary addition to the built fabric of the Armidale Town Centre, while respecting the heritage nature of the precinct.

The new 3-storey building acts as a backdrop to the original heritage “Lock-Up”. Horizontal and vertical facade elements are used to create a visual connection to the heritage building, acting to reduce the bulk and scale of the new building. Although they share a similar palette of materials, the new building maintains a contemporary appearance and makes no attempt to mimic the form of the heritage building.

The new building has been sited and planned to allow for the subsequent development of a new Court House fronting Moore Street. It houses custodial and public enquiry areas, general office accommodation and staff amenities, as well as undercover parking for Police vehicles. On Faulkner Street the link between the new and existing buildings forms the public entry.

The heritage building is refurbished and used as accommodation for the LAC (Local Area Command).