Hopkins Correctional Ararat Prison Redevelopment

The Hopkins Correctional Facility is the result of an expansion to the previously existing Ararat Prison to create an additional 358 medium security male beds in a campus style setting, bringing the total capacity of the prison to 740 and doubling the facility area.

Nuvo Group was successfully selected by Brookfield Multiplex to deliver the $ 1.7 million electrical and communications packages for the expansion of the site’s secure perimeter zone. This was a 2.3km2 upgrade to the existing facility.

Over 18 months, Nuvo completed construction and installation of a new sterile zone, equipment cubicles, cameras, electric fence, UPS and a mobile phone detection array.

Works were carried out on a live operational prison facility. This involved working closely with the end client, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and ensuring close adherence to security protocols while allowing ongoing site access to staff and subcontractors. Critical shutdowns were tightly managed to ensure essential services were maintained throughout and that impacts to daily prison operations were minimised.

Brookfield Multiplex had won the master builder contract after another builder failed to meet their obligations on the project. Thus, Nuvo and Brookfield Multiplex were under tight client scrutiny from the first day onsite. Nuvo sufficiently impressed the end client, successfully gaining an additional $3.1 million of additional electrical works from the DHHS.