Dillwynia Correctional Centre
Under the Prison Bed Capacity Program the Dillwynia Correctional Centre (DCC), a minimum security centre for women, was expanded by 248 medium/maximum security female beds. DCC is located on the John Morony Correctional Complex (JMCC) where the Geoffrey Pearce Correctional Centre and John Morony Correctional Centre are also situated.
The DCC expansion project includes: five accommodation blocks, a visitors’ area, a 12-tonne laundry that services all metro female correctional centres, a food retherm unit, a management unit, a health centre, and education and programs facilities. A focus of the prison is on rehabilitating the inmates with the design of the prison by NBRSARCHITECTURE and provision of education and training facilities addressing this.
Root Partnerships (RP) performed the role of Project Manager for the DCC expansion and provided project management services to drive the completion of Detailed Design and Construction. RP administered and superintended the GC21 Contract between the Department of Communities and Justice and the managing contractor John Holland, whilst also facilitating effective communication between the project’s stakeholders to ensure minimal disruptions to the three centres at JMCC. The Prison Bed Capacity Program (PBCP) is currently delivering a number of projects that seek to address the shortfall in inmate bed capacity in prisons in the immediate, short and medium terms.
The expansion site was situated on a tyre burial pit and a key challenge on the project was to remediate ground contaminated with tyres and asbestos. Extensive site investigations were undertaken to inform the structural design and minimise the quantity of tyres excavated and disposed.
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