Centre of Learning for Family Violence – Australia’s first dedicated family violence training facility

FMSA is proud to announce the completion of the new$11.7m Centre of Learning for Family Violence for Victoria Police. The new state-of-the-art training facility is the only dedicated family violence training facility in the country.

Victoria Police’s response to family violence continues to be bolstered with the launch of this new facility. The dedicated training centre, located at the Victoria Police Academy, will provide training to all police officers to improve the way they respond to family violence.

Following a competitive tender process, builder Ireland Brown Construction and FMSA Architecture were engaged by Victoria Police to deliver the training and office accommodation facility under a design and construct arrangement. Designed and built in 10 months, the new facility collocates practical training spaces for cadets with office accommodation for Victoria Police Academy staff.

FMSA Architecture is proud to have been involved in this landmark project – it is a testament to the excellent results we can achieve with true collaboration between the client, builder and consultant team.

Learn more about how the Centre of Learning for Family Violence is shaping how Victoria Police respond to family violence situations:




FMSA staff visit the Victoria Police Centre for Family Violence

FMSA staff toured the new Victoria Police Centre for Family Violence facility at the Victoria Police Glen Waverley campus. Delivered under a design and construct with Ireland Brown Constructions, the $11 million project has been constructed in 7 months. The new complex has been designed to facilitate the domestic violence training centre, complete with practical classrooms, syndicate rooms and office space for staff.

Led by Project Architect Hao Lee, staff spent a sunny Saturday morning touring the unique building. The team enjoyed the behind the scenes look at the cadet and staff spaces including practical scenario classrooms and auditorium. Several staff in attendance were involved in different stages of the project and were excited to see the design intent realised so well.

Thank you to Project Architect Hao Lee, and Ireland Brown Construction for facilitating the visit.

Photos: FMSA Architecture.

Revisiting Mt Hotham Police Station

10 years after completing the Mt Hotham Police Station, we are looking back at what makes this a police station like no other.

Mt Hotham Police Station is Australia’s highest altitude public building, operating in the most extreme weather conditions on the Australian mainland. The 255sqm building provides for operational policing and search and rescue functions for the alpine resort of Mt Hotham and surrounding areas.

Working within a tight budget and time frame, the project had to be designed, documented and built during the warmer months outside the ski season.

Due to the extreme climatic variations, selected external cladding materials are robust and include zinc cladding and Colorbond steel Custom Orb in Woodland Grey. The sculptural composition is evocative of the brutal landscape whilst the angled façade reduces the glazed areas to a minimum, reducing heat loss.

The building is designed to be extremely low maintenance with no need to touch the outside of the building for an estimated 20 years. The building features pedestrian and vehicular slab heating, roof heating to prevent excessive snow and ice build-up and self-cleaning glass to reduce maintenance costs.

The form is robust and angular, contrasting against the organic form of the rocks and steep mountain terrain the Mt Hotham Police Station floats elegantly above.

New correctional campus Karreenga opens

We are excited to share the completion of one of the major projects – Karreenga, a $100 million 300 bed correctional campus. Since opening in September 2016, the feedback from the opening is that everyone is extremely proud to be associated and be part of the end product. Well done to the whole team involved!

Take a look inside the campus and the official opening via the following media links:



Image credits: Geelong Advertiser

ACGP – Creating a community

Recently Director Greg Anson presented the Ashwood Chadstone Gateway Project at the Innovation in Social Housing seminar hosted by the Australian Housing Institute. The presentation focused on how the architectural response helped to create a community.

Since opening in 2013, the development has fostered a strong and vibrant community that enriches the lives of the people who live there and the community around them. The project is a a leading example of our design philosophy at work – creating opportunities for better experiences through socially responsive architectural solutions.

The proof that this approach delivers ongoing value is best expressed by the community of the Ashwood Chadstone Gateway. We recently interviewed the residents and PPHA staff about their experiences and the social benefits this development has achieved.

Watch the video below to learn how the architectural solution created a community.

Completed: DELWP Gellibrand Office & Depot

We are excited to share the recently completed DELWP Gellibrand Office & Depot for the Department of Environment, Water, Land & Planning.

As architects, interior designs and project managers for the development, FMSA led a multi disciplinary team in designing a new office building and depot storage facilities.

Following the improvements the Gellibrand Office & Depot now has a more efficient, safer, compliant and pleasant working environment for both field and office staff.

Congratulations to the project team led by FMSA Associate Director Riordan Gough. To learn more about the project visit the project profile in our project gallery.

Eastern Hub animation

As work continues on site, we have a new animation of the Eastern Hub to share. Created by our project team, the animation conveys the design intent, objectives and aesthetic of the final building.

Currently under construction, the Eastern Hub is set to open in February 2016. For more details about the project, visit the selected projects section of our site and view the Eastern Hub.

On site – Marngoneet Annexe

2015 has seen several of our projects start on site, including one of the major projects in the office – the $65 million Marngoneet Annexe. The scale of new prison campus site is expansive as these photos show from a recent site visit. The project team is excited to see the construction progress – more updates to come from the team.

DHS Norlane dwellings recently completed

FMSA recently completed a number of dual occupancy dwellings located in Norlane for the Department of Human Services. The dwellings located across 4 sites, replace existing dwellings.

Working closely as a team the project was successfully executed across our 2 offices. Designed and managed until tender stage in our North Melbourne office, contract administration was managed by staff in our Geelong office.