Project Description


Consortium Northern Pathways comprising Serco, John Laing, John Holland and Macquarie Capital.

Contract Value:

$2.6 Billion AUD

Contract Term / Payment Mechanism:

20 Years / Availability-Payment


Scheduled Completion Summer 2023


Perumal Pedavoli

D&C Contractor:

John Holland

The New Grafton Correctional Centre will be a major multifunctional, regional correctional complex servicing the northern part of NSW. It will be the primary correctional facility for corrections operations from the Queensland border in the north, to Kempsey in the southeast and Tamworth in the southwest. It will be responsible for remand, reception and sentenced offender cohorts.

The Project is located approximately 12 kilometres southeast of Grafton on a site capable of accommodating a facility for 1,700 Inmates including: 1,000 male maximum security, 300 female maximum security, and  400 male minimum security.

The development will be approximately 90,000m2 GFA and employ around 600 operational staff. WT provided Cost Planning services to John Holland and later acted as the Financiers Technical Advisor to provide technical due diligence on the design, construction, operations and maintenance of the facility.

This sector has the challenge of tremendous financiers’ technical and commercial scrutiny given the operational issues and risks faced at other prison facilities in Australia and New Zealand.

WT undertook extensive operational scenario modelling and D&C and operation risk and cost analysis to highlight pinch points in the consortium’s submission. Alleviation of these issues resulted in the clients achieving better commercial terms and ultimately winning the tender process