Bathurst Correctional Centre
The expansion of the existing Bathurst Correctional Centre is part of the NSW Government’s $3.8 billion investment into increasing capacity in the state’s prisons to meet demand. This project involved the addition of a further 220 beds; expansion of bulk store and grounds maintenance buildings; a new master control room, health services, education and administration buildings, (including the gatehouse and reception areas); staff and visitor parking and new perimeter road, fencing and entry road modifications.
The prison was built in 1888 and is heritage listed; which posed design challenges for all disciplines involved, particularly the structural team who had to interface with heritage fabric. The civil team were faced with poor ground conditions and had to adapt their designs to suit unknown in-ground surfaces which were discovered throughout the build.
In order to create consistency across their operations and adhere to tight construction timeframes, Justice NSW specified the use of modular prison cells (used at other Northrop Justice projects including Cessnock, Silverwater and Dilwynnia). The expansion will include 80 modular cells which are manufactured off-site, craned in to position. Northrop worked closely with the project team to deliver this project, on time and on budget.