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General Electrical Upgrade

The exterior of the Ashley Youth Detention Centre.

Last month Contact Group wrapped up a major project in the north of the state, the $7 million redevelopment of the state’s only juvenile detention centre, the Ashley Youth Detention Centre, just outside Deloraine.

Contact Group was engaged to upgrade the light, power, fire detection systems and communications to the Huon, Bronte and Liffey buildings, with a contract value of about $1.2 million.

We also installed power to a new sally port which was constructed on the Liffey building.

Project Manager, Michael Partridge, said it was a challenging project given the access issues associated with the Detention Centre environment.

“It was difficult to run cables in some of the accommodation buildings because of the thick concrete walls and ceilings,” he said.

Michael said time delays also had to be factored in, with Contact staff spending a lot of time each day signing in and out and going through security checks.

Contact Group installed power to the new sally port constructed on the Liffey building.

About 10 Contact Staff worked on the project which took about 12 months to complete, with four staff on site most days.

Michael said it was a strange working environment, with the state government announcing the closure of the facility while the work was underway.

“It was a bit unsettling, the announcement was made a bit over half-way through the project, so there was a lot of questions being asked.”

Michael said Contact Group staff did a great job despite the uncertainty and worked long days, travelling from Launceston and Burnie to Deloraine each day.

“It was a great effort from all the guys and a great opportunity for our apprentice Chris, to gain lots of experience, which he did,” Michael said.

Well done to everyone involved.