Wiri Men’s Prison – Designation Process

What does it take to get New Zealand’s first major infrastructure project developed in a public private partnership (PPP)?

In September 2011, the proposed men’s prison at Wiri in Manukau City was approved by a Board of Inquiry, with the prison’s design still unspecified.

The prison will be the first major project developed in a public private partnership (PPP) where the government contracts out the design, build and operation of a given facility to the private sector.

The new Wiri men’s prison will accommodate up to 1060 prisoners. It meets anticipated increased demand in prisoner numbers as well as allows the Department of Corrections to retire old prison stock around the country. It will be operational by September 2015.

We were engaged to prepare the overall assessment of environmental effects, manage the consultation process, manage a large team of sub-consultants, undertake the assessments of landscape, ecological and cultural effects and present evidence before a Board of Inquiry.

Our role

Project management, planning advice, preparation of assessment of environmental effects and consultation. assessments of landscape and ecological effects, and cultural impact, visual simulations and mapping.

The facts

ClientDepartment of Corrections
Project teamRobert Schofield
John Goodwin
Eddie Sides
Worked with

Traffic Design Group, Clough and Associates, Opus International, Market Economics, Sherpa Consulting, Sinclair Knight Mertz and Kern Consulting Limited

Project date2009 - 2012