The NZ$300 million development at Auckland Prison in Paremoremo was designed to create a therapeutic, modern facility that contributes to rehabilitative outcomes for prisoners, while continuing to protect the safety of staff and the public.
Prison life in a maximum security facility can be challenging – both for offenders and staff. Ageing facilities and older security systems can impact the safety of prisoners, guards and visitors, and make it difficult to deliver rehabilitation opportunities.
Comprising 11 buildings spread across a large campus and interconnected by a secure covered walkway and tunnel, this new development houses 260 high-risk prisoners in modern cells and includes a health centre, visitor spaces, training rooms, cultural centre and kitchen, surrounded by an 8m high concrete perimeter.
Key features include modular high strength Maxiblock concrete masonry, full generator backup and UPS power for critical systems, over 1500 cameras and sophisticated security system door controls. Potable water storage backup, a dual supply sprinkler system and separate hydrant system and seismic detection for gas supply shutdown, allow the facility to operate in the event of supply outages.
Energy efficiency initiatives include natural ventilation, a cell power and water management system, efficient LED lighting throughout the project and a sophisticated building management control system with monitoring and controls of key systems.
These latest developments to Paremoremo bring greater safety to staff, improved living conditions for prisoners and a positive environment for all.