Southern Remand Centre


Xsquared Architects, working in association with Guymer Bailey Architects, is thrilled that the new Southern Remand Centre has reached Practical Completion.

The construction of the Southern Remand Centre has enabled the State Government to work towards ensuring Tasmania’s compliance with the United Nations minimum standards for sentenced and unsentenced offenders. Building a new remand centre will allow remandees to be housed separately from sentenced offenders for the first time in Tasmania, further optimising the service delivery of the Tasmania Prison Service.

The new dedicated remand precinct provides 156 beds with related support services annexed off the existing Risdon Prison Complex. This project resolves complex design and functional requirements, whilst dealing with a steeply sloping site.

Creating a new benchmark in correctional infrastructure in the state, the Southern Remand Centre aims to provide a calm and safe environment for staff to work in and for Remandees to be accommodated within. The design harnesses natural light, provides connection to landscape, good acoustics and uses an aesthetically inviting palette of colours and materials to create a calm, rehabilitative environment, whilst maintaining strict security and safety requirements.

The buildings provide an open communal living environment with ease of access to physical exercise, recreational activities and controlled access to video conferencing technology for direct contact with family, friends and legal counsel.

This substantial, $79.93M project has been delivered seamlessly by the consultant team through the cloud-based 3D model sharing platform BIM360, allowing consultants to access live models in real time.

Photos by Natasha Mulhall