South Australian Police and Courts South Australia, Australia
This project was the first public-private partnership in South Australia. It required Plenary to design, build, finance and maintain nine new police and courts facilities across six regional South Australian locations.
The Plenary consortium overcame the significant challenge of geographically dispersed sites spread across the State to deliver all nine facilities on budget and ahead of time.
The Project was driven by a need to provide modern civic infrastructure as many of the existing facilities had been built in the 1950s.
This was a small project by PPP infrastructure standards but because this was South Australia's first PPP the project was the South Australian Government's PPP "toe in the water". As such, the project - and the policy framework on which it is based - attracted an inordinate level of attention and scrutiny beyond what would be typical for a project of this scale.
In correspondence to Plenary Group, the South Australian Government's Director of Projects and Government Enterprises, Department of Treasury and Finance, Julian Robertson, noted, "The overall result for the South Australian Government has been the delivery of an important project of State significance at demonstrable value, in partnership with the Plenary Group consortium."