Aegis's Project objectives

To receive specialist recovery advice and an accelerated delivery approach to minimise losses and maintain obligations under the Project Agreement with the State.


The Hopkins Correctional Centre Expansion Project (HCCEP) was delivered under a PPP and provided facilities for an additional 358 prisoners, as well as an extensive upgrade to the existing facilities and infrastructure. 

Johnstaff’s role

Johnstaff was approached by the Project Financiers (led by CBA) following the liquidation of the head contractor to form part of the project reimplementation team. 

We worked closely with the Project Administrators (KordaMentha), to develop appropriate procurement strategies to minimise loss of time before recommencement.

Johnstaff provided Project Management Services and acted as Superintendent for the Managing Contractor Contract between the new head contractor (Multiplex) and the Project Company (Aegis) for the completion and handover of the facility.

Hopkins Correctional Centre Expansion Project

Addressing the issues

Recognising the new risk profile and industrial relations climate of the project, we involved contractors early in the recommencement process. This  approach allowed the existing works to be audited for completeness and compliance while the previous subcontractor settlements were being finalised and new trade contractors were being procured.

Due to the strict and extensive requirements for technical completion under the Project Agreement, Johnstaff provided expert design and buildability advice on standards of work necessary to achieve compliance. 

As extensive rectification works were needed for the previously built but non-compliant works, we worked with the Managing Contractor to modify and improve their QA systems to address the specific challenges of the project.

map of the project location


  • Provided facilities for an additional 358 prisoners

  • Works delivered under the first Public Private Partnership for a Victorian Correctional Centre

  • Construction completed within and around a live operational prison

  • Recovery project within a PPP required entirely bespoke project management and procurement strategies

  • Complex compliance and sign-off processes to ensure built works adhered to the Project Agreement