Work is set to begin at Northland Regional Corrections Facility (NRCF) this week to address the differential settlement of one of the accommodation buildings.
The remedial work will involve screw piling the building to restore it to it’s original alignment.
“The differential settlement experienced by this building has been caused by deep soil movement that the Department has been told was unexpected and unforseen,” says Assistant General Manager of Systems and Infrastructure Derek Lyons.
“We’re confident that screw piling will resolve the problem. It will allow us to restore the building to an even alignment,” says Mr Lyons.
Preparation for the project is underway on site and work is expected to begin this week. It is anticipated that the remedial work will be completed by mid 2009.
NRCF Prison Management have worked hard to ensure minimal disruption for prisoners as a result of the works by carefully managing the prisoners placed in the unit.
No new prisoners were placed in the unit for the month preceeding work starting, and all remaining prisoners from the 44 bed unit have now been relocated.
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