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Risdon Prison


Tasmanian Department of Justice and Industrial Relations


Risdon, Tasmania


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4 months ahead of schedule

Fairbrother, in partnership with John Holland, was awarded the $87 million redevelopment of Tasmania’s Risdon Prison.  This complex project involved the design, concurrent construction and subsequent 15 year maintenance of a new men’s prison capable of accommodating 297 prisoners, a new Women’s prison for 46 inmates, and a 35-patient Secure Mental Health Facility (the Wilfred Lopes Centre).
The project, which spanned almost two and a half years but which was delivered 4 months ahead of schedule, commenced with bulk earthworks and in-ground services installation.  Construction of the built form occurred progressively over multiple work fronts, with the erection of a building superstructure component occurring every 2 weeks for a significant portion of the build time. 

Leading edge concept

At its peak the project employed over 200 workers across 40 sub trades.

The new facility follows the ‘campus’ design which has been heralded as a leading edge concept for correctional facilities.  This design encloses a large space within a highly secure perimeter within which prisoner and non-prisoner zones have been established.

Immediately following the construction phase, Fairbrother’s Facilities Management & Maintenance Division were successful in winning the 15 year maintenance contract for both the prison complex and the Wilfred Lopes Centre.