Sarah Paddick

Architect/Director
Totalspace Design


9:50 AM PANEL DISCUSSION: Meeting the Demands of High-Needs Inmates through Prison Design and Development

  • Discussing the relationship between preserving human rights and prison architecture
  • How should  safety and security be preserved without infringing on inmate rights?
  • How does traditional prison design fail to accommodate and care for high-needs inmates?
  • In what ways can the physical environment of a prison adapt to meet the needs of ageing and disabled inmates? How can prisons be designed to meet the needs of juvenile and other vulnerable offender groups, and aid in their safety and well-bring?
  • How can project managers take into account meeting the variety of stakeholder needs during the research and development phase of a prison extension, new-build or re-development?

2:00 PM The Adelaide Women’s Prison Accommodation Upgrade Project

Women’s Adelaide Prison has a total capacity of 148 remand and sentenced inmates. It is currently refurbishing an existing aged cell block into a therapeutic and more independent living environment. This project is special because it involves 10 female prisoners in the build process, working full time with the Managing Contractor and subcontractors, in all elements of the build.
In addition the women are undertaking a Certificate 2 Construction course with TAFE, who are coming to the prison to teach. Some of the team have already had job offers from subcontractors they have worked with.
  • Results of Stage 1 of 4 which involved the refurbishment of one wing of cells, plus dining and association spaces, and an internal landscaped courtyard.
  • Management of the existing team of prisoners, who will continue on through the next stages, gaining more skills to the point where we see they may be able to undertake some trade packages by themselves i.e. painting or tiling
  • Reviewing Stages 2 to 4 of the prison upgrade