Auckland Prison Project

Project Overview

Project overview

Auckland prison is changing, starting with the replacement of the 261 bed maximum security facilities, commonly known as Auckland East.

The prison's four existing maximum security units were built in 1968 and have reached their end of life. The configuration and construction is no longer fit for purpose to support the way the Department manages prisoners towards a crime-free life.

Artist's impression of Auckland Prison's new facilities

The Department has partnered with Next Step Partners Ltd to deliver the new facility via a Design, Build, Finance and Maintain (DBFM) Public Private Partnership (PPP). Custodial operations will continue to be carried out by he Department. Read more about why the Department is partnering with the private sector.

The new facilities will be connected to Units 1 - 5 (Auckland West), providing greater opportunities to stream line operations. Some functions and spaces of Units 1 - 5 will be replaced by the new facilities and new uses are being found for those areas.

The new maximum security facilities have been designed with safety and security as the highest priority. In addition, more space will be made available on the units to provide the education, training or therapeutic programmes needed to support rehabilitation and reintegration.

Construction of the new facilities at Auckland Prison is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. It is expected that the new facilities will be fully operational by June 2018, when decommissioning of the existing Auckland East will commence. The total maximum prison number at Auckland Prison will remain at 681.