BHA were engaged in mid 2010 to design the new Villawood Immigration Detention Facility. Documentation was completed and construction commenced in mid September 2011. The project was highly demanding on many levels requiring innovative design for unique challenges. The project includes residential and community components designed to provide a comforting and respectful secure living environment for a closed community of up to 750 residents.
In addition to accommodation, health and recreational facilities for the residents, substantial office administration facilities were included. The design of these required consultation with a number of stakeholders including DIAC and security representatives. The accommodation provided a mix of uses including:
• Individual offices
• Large open plan workstation area
• Lunch room / staff facilities
• First Aid
• Multi - denominational room
• Interview rooms
• Reception areas
• Meeting and training rooms
• Conference room.
Program and Budget Constraints
The project had severe Time and Cost constraints. BHA worked with the Managing Contractor and the Cost Consultant to program and Cost Plan the design. The documentation phase was completed on schedule with the Cost Plan slightly below budget, allowing the Commonwealth to include additional facilities in the project.