ARCO Products Feature in Australia’s Largest Prison Project

Application: Commercial

Product Range: Steel Roller Shutters & Roller Grilles

Location: Grafton, New South Wales

Old Grafton Correctional Centre

The Grafton Correctional Centre is a heritage-listed medium security prison located in Grafton, New South Wales. The correctional facilities were first established in 1862 under the supervision of the Office of the Sheriff accommodating up to 48 inmates. It is one of the few public buildings designed by competition in the late nineteenth century.

Today the correctional centre houses up to 134 minimum security inmates and up to 148 who come into custody or need to attend court in the Northern Rivers region.

To address the critical shortage of correctional centre beds and facilities within NSW, the state government in partnership with the Northern Pathways consortium consisting of John Holland, Serco, John Laing and Macquarie Capital, and build a new prison in Lavadia (approximately 12.5 kms southeast of Grafton).

The new correctional centre features state-of-the-art security and surveillance and focuses on rehabilitation to help reduce the rate of reoffending. It is Australia’s largest prison project, eventually holding up to 1,700 inmates. For the next 20 years, the prison will inject more than $560 million into the local economy with 1,100 jobs created during construction and about 600 permanent jobs once operational.

New Grafton Correctional Centre

To meet the project’s high security standards, ARCO manufactured and installed over 100 Steel Roller shutters and Stadium Grilles. These doors had a steel box bottom rail with the ends filled to avoid objects being hidden. The bolts on the doors were welded off to prevent removal.

ARCO’s employees and sub-contractors carried a can-do attitude and put it in extra effect to overcome the unexpected challenges through the project. They have earned the respect and trust of the client with their dedication and professionalism.

ARCO’s access solution provides the new Grafton Correctional Centre with superior quality, strength and security. All requests were met with AROC on going past the client’s expectations.

The centre officially opens on 25th July 2020.

Steel-Line offers a range of commercial and industrial closures in partnership with Arco Architectural Systems that combine strength, security and reliability. We offer high quality products, exceptional customer service and real value for money within the commercial and industrial space.

Our products are typically customised to suit project-specific criteria. In particular, roller shutters and roller grilles are usually individually designed to suit architectural, ventilation and aesthetic requirements.

Steel-line and Arco Architectural Systems assist in all stages of the construction process – from design specifications through to estimating, project management, supervision of the installation and efficient after-sales service.

Details on ARCO, branch locations and its complete range of commercial & industrial doors can be found at

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