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Client: SA Department for Correctional Services

Department for Correctional Services

Location: Northfield, SA

Country: Kaurna

Budget: $160M (Total Project)

Completion: 2022



Paul Gillett

Sarah Paddick

David McLeod

Garth Davos

Adam Sickerdich

Kym Barwell

Amber Frazer-Jones

Alex Gurner

Understanding the profound impact of family connection to inmate wellbeing and rehabilitation, the new Visits Centre is a crucial piece in the South Australian Government’s commitment to reducing recidivism.

The first of its kind in an Australian maximum security men’s prison, Grieve Gillett Architects devised an innovative split visits hall, with a calming general visits area and a dedicated family room lying beyond the welcoming reception. Liberal use of colour, playful elements and soft furnishings offer a whimsical and inviting setting for family visits, fostering family ties and identity.

With a focus on trauma-informed design, GGA navigated stringent security and safety demands while normalising environments to minimise stress. By integrating natural light, natural materials, acoustic treatments, and open views of landscaped areas, we ensured spaces promote wellbeing and dignity. Part of the groundbreaking Yatala Labour Prison Redevelopment, the centre stands as a beacon in rehabilitative design with a power to transform lives.

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