Working in conjunction with Cube Architects, St Ferrer Building Contractors has taken the heritage structure and transformed it into a thoroughly modern office space for EPA Victoria.

With the fitout comprising more than 70 open-plan workspaces, numerous meeting and conferencing rooms, male and female toilets, showering and change facilities, a kitchen and meals area, along with specialised secure storage rooms, a unique approach was needed to preserve the grandeur of the building while still delivering intimacy and connectedness.

Project Value $1,800,000
Location Geelong

Geelong’s iconic Federal Mills building has undergone a tasteful refurbishment to coax the 105-year-old, former industrial-use building into the 21st century.


Privacy and Security

St Ferrer Director Chris Bertacco says, owing to the nature of the work EPA Victoria undertakes, quality has been a key consideration in the build.

“Quality in regard to both finishes and construction was important from the outset. With legally-sensitive investigations taking place on the premises, the fit-out needed to provide both privacy and security,” he says.

A comfortable yet sophisticated ambience, designed to improve employee well-being.


“To provide the requisite level of privacy, the internal pods are built with steel framing and Soundcheck plasterboard walls and ceilings with 25kg/m3 sound-proofing insulation. Internal glass partitions are also double glazed to offer increased sound proofing.

“Throughout, the finishes are akin to those of an architectural home build; all contribute to a comfortable yet sophisticated ambience, designed to improve employee well-being and help EPA Geelong gain and retain the best employees,” he adds.