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Silverwater Correctional Complex upgrade

As part of its commitment to Better Prisons, the NSW Government is upgrading the Silverwater Correctional Complex to provide additional reception and remand capacity for male inmates.

Almost all men remanded in custody by Sydney courts are received at Silverwater’s Metropolitan Remand and Reception Centre (MRRC). With the centre now approaching capacity, a larger facility is required.

Inmates on remand present a particular challenge: they are new to the system, lack support networks, and often present medical, addiction and behavioural problems. Staff and facilities must be both flexible and specialised, able to deal with the complex needs of an ever-changing cohort of inmates.

To meet the additional demand while providing a safe environment for staff and inmates, we’re:

  • building four new 110-bed accommodation blocks – increasing capacity by around 40 per cent
  • installing new ‘safe cells’ for at-risk inmates
  • building additional space for interviews and programs, helping staff to better manage the complex needs of remand inmates
  • upgrading supporting infrastructure to meet the needs of a larger workforce and inmate population.
Irwin House, a largely-intact example of Queen Anne Revival architecture dating from 1911, forms part of the remand centre. This building, which is heritage-listed, will continue to be protected.

Construction status

Our managing contractor, Lendlease, began initial works on site in October 2018. This work involves equipment such as trucks, bulldozers and excavators. Work vehicles will enter and exit the site via the existing entrance on Holker Street. The approved hours of work are 7am – 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am – 1pm Saturday.

We recognise that construction work has an impact on our neighbours and appreciate your patience and understanding. We look forward to working co-operatively with the local community to deliver this important project.