Ravenhall Correctional Centre

Ravenhall Correctional Centre has set a new benchmark for rehabilitative prisons worldwide. It’s the largest prison in Victoria and currently one of the largest correctional facilities in Australia. As well as winning many awards, it also has the distinction of being the first Public Private Partnership delivered on time.

The Correctional Centre brings together 42 buildings within a secure perimeter wall, with five more buildings outside the wall to cater for other services and government facilities.

To set a new standard, functionality was of the utmost importance and needed to provide a design solution that met the various needs and security for prisoner cohorts. It needed to cater for Mainstream, Protection, Mental Health, Rehabilitation and the Aged, and provide an operationally efficient and safe environment for staff and visitors.

Sustainability was a high priority for the Department of Justice. Sustainable initiatives included a 400kWp solar farm, tri-generation plant and significant water reuse infrastructure. Buildings were designed to maximise natural ventilation, utilise natural light and minimise glare to achieve optimal thermal comfort. At least 80% of construction waste was reused or recycled.

As a result, the State-wide Services building achieved a 5-star Design and an As-Built Green Star rating, as awarded by the Green Building Council of Australia, a first for the Department of Justice.

Ravenhall Correctional Centre has set a new benchmark for rehabilitative prisons worldwide.

Buildings were designed to maximise natural ventilation, utilise natural light and minimise glare to achieve optimal thermal comfort.