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Carnarvon Police and Justice Complex


Project Type / Category
Justice & Correctional Services
End Client
Building Management and Works
Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland
EMCO Building
Project Value
Project Location
Carnarvon, Western Australia
Project Completion
October 2014
Value Engineering Solution
  • Precast panel dimensions designed for transport from Perth to Carnarvon.
  • External fa├žade designed for impact and to reduce internal wind pressure.
  • Earthworks were stages to enable footings to be minimised.
Unique Design Items
  • Building facade designed to meet cyclonic requirements of AS1170.2:2011 for structural importance Level 4.
  • Architectural finish to precast panels.
  • Imposing precast colonnade structure.
  • 2016 Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) (WA Chapter) Public Architecture Award (Awarded to Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland)
  • 2015 Master Builders WA - Geraldton/Midwest Building Excellence Awards - Bankwest Overall Best Commercial Building (Awarded to EMCO Building)
  • 2015 Master Builders WA - Geraldton/Midwest Building Excellence Awards -Commercial/Industrial Buildings over $6,500,000 (Awarded to EMCO Building)

The Carnarvon Police and Justice complex is a landmark project for the town of Carnarvon. The project includes the new state of the art police building, court house and community justice centre.

Pritchard Francis was engaged by Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland on behalf of Building Management & Works to provide the civil and structural consultancy services for the project.

Pritchard Francis identified the cyclonic design of the buildings and façade as the key component and worked closely with Cox Howlett /7 Bailey Woodland to specify projects to meet the debris impact requirements of AS1170.2:2011.

In order to achieve the required finish, precast concrete panels were designed as the primary building façade. Panel sizes were limited to the acceptable transport dimensions to reduce the overall cost.

Pritchard Francis, along with other design team members were pleased to demonstrate the ability to construct architecturally significant buildings in regional areas within our clients budget.