PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: Breaking ground at Mount Eden Corrections Facility

The front entrance to Mount Eden Corrections Facility.

Ground has recently been broken on a new building at Mount Eden Correctional Facility (MECF) following the appointment of Leighs Construction as the main contractor.

The Department of Corrections recently confirmed the appointment after obtaining approval from the Minister of Corrections and Minister of Finance. The work we’ve been doing with the Department included a comprehensive evaluation of the tenders received and financial recommendations to ensure the project is delivered on budget, on time and meets the project’s objectives.

White Associates Director Darin Bayer says the appointment of Leighs Construction bodes well for the project.

“It’s been a real collaborative effort between the Department of Corrections, White Associates and Leighs Construction. To have got to this point so quickly where ground has now been broken is a really positive sign and puts the project in good stead moving forward.

“We are also excited to be working alongside a great consultant team of OPUS International Consultants, Holmes Consulting Group and Beca.”

The new building will provide accommodation for an additional 245 prisoners and forms part of the wider Prison Capacity Programme which includes increasing the capacity of Northland Regional Corrections Facility.

Feature image above is the front entrance to Mount Eden Corrections Facility, courtesy of The Department of Corrections