Dame Phyllis Frost $74m Expansion Tender Announced

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Tender submissions have been received for the Dame Phyllis Frost expansion, budgeted at $74m. 

The expansion will develop the maximum-security women’s prison which is based in Victoria’s north-west region of Ravenhall. 

The Department of Justice will award the contract in July of 2020 to later commence building in October 2020.

The development will require the construction of a prisoner reception building, a program and recreation building including a telecourt and legal/resource area, and a temporary medical centre. The project also requires renewed security elements for this expansion, including a perimeter fence and electronic security.

The Minister for Corrections sought funding to expand the quality of Victorian prisons, particularly the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre which is estimated to have a shortage of over two hundred beds by 2023. 

Construction services expected to compete for the project include; Kane, Adco, Watpac, Ireland Brown, John Holland. 

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In 2018, John Holland was awarded Werribee’s Youth Justice Centre project which involved building space for two hundred and twenty new beds, fixing multiple site facilities and building new carparks. 

Kane Constructions also delivered a $50m expansion to the Youth Justice centres in Parkville and Malmsbury. The project involved building new accommodation for over 50 beds, landscaping and building recreational buildings such as a basketball court. 

Ireland Brown have a strong background in corrections projects, completing the Karrenga Prison valued at $88m and currently delivering the Fulham Correctional Centre Expansion Project which is valued at $65m.

Watpac and Adco have all delivered high-impact, state-based projects with multi-million dollar budgets. 

The completion of the project is aimed at early 2022. 

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