The new ACT Prison is a $130m correction facility in Symonston. The facility is a 300 bed campus style prison employing the latest technology to communicate with, control and contain the population, and is a model of sustainable design.
Undertaken as a sub-contract arrangement with Bovis Lend Lease (BLL), PBS Building constructed 18 of the 31 buildings at the prison, including all accommodation buildings and the entire Women’s section of the prison. PBS Building was asked by BLL to partner in their bid at tender stage with a view to spreading resource requirements and gaining PBS’ expertise with accommodation buildings.
Services comprise almost 40% of the prison’s costs and along with the ACT Government’s desire to make the secure nature of the buildings less visible, the required design and details have made this an extremely challenging project.
By employing PBS’ faster procurement and innovative construction techniques, PBS led the program and as such was instrumental in resolving design issues, services coordination and construction details from commencement.