Delivered through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) awarded to the GEO Consortium by the Victorian Department of Justice, Ravenhall will be the largest prison in Victoria and the largest single stage of a prison ever in Australia. The facility will accommodate 1,000 medium security prisoners, 300 beds for future demand, a 75-bed specialist forensic mental health unit (operated by Forensicare) and a 25-bed close supervision unit, allowing for the safe and efﬁcient management of prisoners with mental health illnesses.
The new prison facility includes several separated communities for mainstream and protection prisoners each consisting of a main cellblock(s) and residential style units, cottage (4 bed) and lodge (6 bed), set around an outdoor recreational courtyard area. Each of the community entry points is combined with programs rooms and prisoner facilities. Central services for the facility includes a gatehouse, visits, heath facility, programs, recreation and industry buildings. The mental health component of the site notably includes a ‘Close Supervision Unit’ a first of its kind in Australia for highly complex group of prisoners with challenging behaviours. Sitewide landscaping seamlessly integrates and complements the building form defining spaces for the differing user groups in the outdoor environment.
Incorporated within the functional prison design is a strong environmental focus that includes a tri-generation plant, solar panel farm, compost waste processing, rainwater harvesting and several energy conservation measures.