Bilfinger Berger part of winning Victoria prison PPP bid

A consortium including the German developer has won the contract to build a new prison facility in Victoria, Australia. The project is the first Victorian public-private partnership to be awarded under new Australian PPP guidelines.

Bilfinger Berger is part of the Aegis Correctional Partnership consortium which has been awarded a contract to deliver and maintain a 350-bed expansion of Ararat Prison in Victoria, Australia. The consortium also includes: Commonwealth Bank, the Australian banking group; St Hilliers, the Australian property firm; and Hawkins Construction, the New Zealand construction group.

The $A405 million (€278 million; $345 million) project is the first social infrastructure project in Victoria to be awarded under new national PPP guidelines approved by the Council of Australian Governments in November 2008. 

Victorian corrections minister Bob Cameron said the private partner would carry financial, design, construction and building maintenance risks. Corrections Victoria, the Victorian government department responsible for the state’s prisons system, will provide correctional services and operate the facility.

Construction at Ararat, 240 km north-west of Melbourne, is expected to start in the second half of the year, with completion due at the end of 2012.