Devondale Fresh Milk Processing Plants


Laverton, Victoria and Erskine Park, NSW


2013 – 2014


Principal Consultant
Contract Administration
Design team management

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For two decades, DS Architects has been providing services across diverse projects for Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co. Limited, now Saputo Dairy Australia.

During 2013-2014 we simultaneously delivered fast-tracked expansions at the Devondale Fresh Milk Dairy Plants in Erskine Park and Laverton to accommodate the increased capacity of a recently awarded Coles contract. The project scope at each site included a main plant, warehousing, cool rooms, waste treatment facilities and offices, plus a services plant fitted with boilers and pipework connected to gantries overhead to enable circulation of trucks to occur below.

Maximising efficiency

Our approach focused on designing fit-for-purpose buildings around required operations. We incorporated automation to increase efficiencies, including catering to robotic materials handlers. At the Erskine site, we configured the buildings to optimise traffic flow and truck circulation between buildings.

On a tight timeframe, we initially applied a flexible floor plan to both sites which enabled us to collaborate with the process engineers, incorporating their design requirements while simultaneously detailing and documenting other elements. This agile approach ensured we delivered documentation packages to meet the constrained program, with the Laverton site designed and constructed within 18 months.

Manufacturing plant design: A spacious facility with modern machinery and efficient layout for streamlined production.
Industry informed planning

Our in-depth knowledge of food manufacturing and distinct industrial processes informed our planning of required volumes and layouts.

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A yellow walkway for products in a manufacturing plant.

Results-driven, meticulous approach

Throughout our long-standing relationship with Saputo Dairy Australia, we have developed a comprehensive understanding of their operations and repeatedly demonstrated our industrial expertise and meticulous approach to planning and documentation.

Manufacturing plant design: A spacious facility with modern machinery and efficient layout for streamlined production.