After a competitive 4-week tender process involving leading contractors, Hansen Yuncken was awarded the construction of the Macquarie Rapid Build Prison in Central West NSW, one of a number of ‘rapid build’ correctional centres to be constructed as part of the NSW Government’s Prison Bed Capacity Program.
The term ‘Rapid Build’ means the prison is to be developed “as quickly as possible” showing Hansen Yuncken team’s mobility to provide for the client. The 400 bed rapid-build prison concept features a total of 14 individual buildings, four accommodation buildings each with four dormitory pods housing 25 inmates. The facility also includes approximately 5.4 kilometers of security fencing which includes approximately 970lm of chain link fencing to external secure walkways spanning a total of 13.5 hectares (or 33 acres)
Designed to improve inmate productivity and increase their out of cells hours, the new prison floorplan offers greater access to employment, education and programs whilst offering the highest level of security and safety in NSW for officers and inmates.
To address the locality, labour and industry capacity, Hansen Yuncken has incorporated multiple forms of build methodologies including offsite prefabricated steel structures, precast concrete structures, cladding, modular buildings (some over 1,000m2) and some buildings will be utilising Dincel to enable fast production on site. All designed to offer efficiency in safety, quality and delivery.
The pre-emptive works have commenced with teams coming up with design and engineering solutions which are deadline driven by the needs of the Department of Justice to have the practical completion of the facilities in a very short time frame.