UK-based Serco Group has won £1.5bn contract to operate the New Grafton Correctional Centre (NGCC) in New South Wales, Australia.
Serco is part of the NorthernPathways consortium including building firm John Holland, project management business John Laing and investment banker Macquarie which will design, build and operate NGCC in a public private partnership for the New South Wales state.
Touted to be Australia’s largest correctional facility, the centre will be managed under a licence from the state of New South Wales. The facility is expected to create 1,100 jobs during construction and 550 permanent jobs with Serco from 2020.
NGCC will feature individual facilities holding three different categories of inmates safely, securely and entirely separately. It will include a 1,000-bed and 300-bed maximum security block for men and women, respectively, and a 400-bed male minimum security wing.
Serco’s contract for operation is likely to start in 2020.
Serco Group CEO Rupert Soames said: “The contract award for NGCC clearly marks a further important expansion of our international Justice business, and by total contract value it also represents Serco’s largest ever contract.
“Serco already operates Australia’s current largest correctional facility, Acacia Prison, and at the heart of our custodial operations is the commitment to making a positive difference by safeguarding society and reducing reoffending.
“This contract demonstrates our strength in delivering best practice particularly in regard to rehabilitation, reintegration, education and training programmes, as well as innovation, world-class systems, recruitment and partnering.”