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Northern Immigration Detention Centre, Recreation Areas

Northern Immigration Detention Facilities, Darwin, NT
project details
Berrimah, Darwin, NT
Department of Immigration & Citizenship
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Completion Date:
July 2012
Paul Clark, GHD

Sitzler successfully completed the construction of recreation areas for the Northern Immigration Detention Centre in 2012. The scope included 3 x soccer fields, 8 x fitness stations, 3 x volleyball courts, 3 x half basketball courts and all associated services and ancillary structures. The civil works required for storm water mitigation were also part of Sitzlers scope. The works were divided between 5 work sites within the facility.

Construction of the recreational facilities occurred while the detention facility was operational. Access to the work areas was restricted and tightly controlled by security, which necessitated very detailed recording and planning of activities on a day to day basis.

During the construction phase the detention centre was locked down several times for security breaches and riots, often affecting areas of the construction work site and members of the construction team. This was a major risk that Sitzler managed by executing strategies that had been developed early in the contract together with the client and the facility's security contractor.

Due to the timing of contract award key construction activities for the civil works occurred during the wet season. Weather risk was skillfully mitigated with a tight work program and by using internal civil construction crews who were flexible and could commence and stop work according to rain events.

There was extensive communication and liaison with client representatives and the security contractor throughout the project. A successful outcome was achieved for the project with important lessons learnt regarding work in high-security, high-risk areas.