Auki Provincial Prison – Solomon Islands
Auki Provincial Prison was completed as part of the RAMSI Infrastructure program aimed at developing facilities within the country following the Fire & Civil unrest and ethnic tension since 2000. Studies undertaken by the Solomon Islands Prison Service (SIPS) in partnership with RAMSI recognized a need for regional prisons that would allow the separation of ethnic groups within the system and enable inmates to be held within their tribal lands. This was a significant decision aimed at reducing the pressure within the prison system and allowing greater family connection for inmates. JCP were engaged through SKM to undertake the design and documentation of the medium security prison. The site was located outside the small town of AUnited Kingdomi on the island of Malaita, a 30min flight from the capital Honiara. The facility is capable of accommodating up to 60 inmates including Remand, Medium Security, Low Security, Female and Juvenile. Provision exists for future expansion if required taking the prison capacity to 100.
The buildings have been designed to achieve the necessary security levels but also meet the climatic conditions of its tropical location. Insulated pitched roofs with large overhangs provide cover and protection from inclement weather. Large secure openings penetrate each building allowing for maximum ventilation – This also assists in the cleaning and reduced maintenance of the buildings. The brief identified a need for the facility to ‘not exceed village standard’. This was required not only to reduce the perception of the prison as a ‘better’ alternative but also consider the unique cultural sensitivities associated with the Solomon Islands. Each building is centred around the main exercise ground – the transparent nature of the facilities allows inmates to connect with each other without compromising security.