Pedavoli Architects

Barwon, Victoria


$35 million

Structural, Civil and Hydraulic engineering services

Woolacotts Consulting Engineers completed the structural and civil design of two upgrade and expansion projects worth $35 million at HM Barwon Prison near Geelong in Victoria.

The Banksia Unit is an operating management unit primarily used to accommodate short and long term prisoners. The unit is being upgraded and refurbished to ease the pressure on the existing prison system and provide greater flexibility and capacity to accommodate the increasing prisoner population.

The works involved included demolition, reconfiguration and upgrade of eight existing exercise yards, creation of 17 additional exercise yards, new secure staff and visitor egress with high security level barrier control, upgraded security, refurbishment of staff amenities, a new multipurpose space, covered walkways to access exercise yards and new secure fencing and gates.

High Security Unit

A new separate unit is being designed and built outside the existing prison walls to provide 40 maximum security beds.

The single-storey unit will contain maximum security accommodation, sterile zones, a new perimeter fence, exercise yards, multipurpose use areas, staff amenities and landscaping.

The upgrade considered access needs, security controls, assess existing infrastructure, ESD, buildability and future expansion requirements.

Other prison projects

The Woolacotts brand is synonymous with prison design, having completed countless projects for governments around Australia and New Zealand.

Other prison projects include:

Clarence Correctional Centre

Bathurst Correctional Centre

Geoffrey Pearce Correctional Centre

Cessnock Correctional Centre

Loddon Prison

Macquarie Correctional Centre

Parklea Correctional Centre

South Coast Correctional Centre

Dhurringile Prison

Eastern Goldfields

Auckland Women's Prison

Otago Prison


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