Justice and Corrections

With a growing demand on our justice system and prisons, and a desire to improve operations, increase sustainability and create an environment that encourages behavioural change, the justice and corrections sector requires a new form of architecture to meet society’s changing needs.

At Guymer Bailey Architects we are dedicated to helping government departments and private organisations maximise operational efficiency, minimise environmental impact and reduce maintenance through innovative designs that reflect the values of justice, fairness and rehabilitation.

With longstanding careers in justice and correctional architecture, our directors have, in collaboration with our team been responsible for some of Australia’s most notable justice and prison structures and innovations.

This strong background in both justice and correctional architecture combined with our passion for sustainability and our close working relationship with clients ensures we provide planning and design strategies that enhance security and sustainability and generate greater operational savings.

With an innovative yet methodical approach to design, our prison and justice projects consider: 

  • Operational efficiency – designs are responsive to your needs, requirements and operations to maximise efficiency.

  • Sustainability – decreasing operational costs and minimising environmental impact are big considerations to our designs. We maximise natural light and ventilation to minimise heating and cooling costs and where possible we utilise low energy embodied materials and sustainable construction materials. For larger projects, we also look at ways to capture water, treat black water, and generate power to produce significant savings and environmental benefits over time.

  • Rehabilitation and reintegration - to help facilitate the rehabilitation and the reintegration of prisoners back into society we aim to normalise prison environments as much as possible while still maintaining optimum levels of security. Lower security institutions are designed to function like residential communities, with shops, education and recreation facilities to help with teaching essential life skills, while still allowing for separation when needed.

  • Health and cultural needs – with a significant amount of the prison population ageing we take into consideration the mental and physical health of inmates and where required design spaces for addiction rehabilitation areas, and medical, mental health and dementia wards. We are also sensitive to different cultural needs, offering flexible and adaptable spaces and visits centres to allow for different family structures, larger family visits and video contact.

  • Transparency and openness – drawing on the Department of Justice’s values of transparency and openness we utilise building orientation, open planning, natural sunlight and interaction with the outside to communicate lightness and accessibility and privacy where required.

  • Complex planning movements – in our justice projects, judges, people in custody and members of the public all require different entrances and pathways into and throughout court buildings. Our designs take into consideration the array of complex planning movements in clear and defined routes.

  • Durable building materials  – we choose the right selection of building materials for sustainability, durability and robustness to increase the longevity of buildings, prevent damage, enhance security and avoid harm.

  • Interaction with the landscape – understanding interaction with the outside environment is an important part of maintaining openness in the justice sector and allowing for employment and rehabilitation in corrections, our landscape designs consider aesthetics, usage, safety and sustainability.