Expressions of interest sought for Penitentiary Project

October 25, 2013

The Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (PAHSMA) is seeking formal expressions of interest (EOIs) from construction companies interested in undertaking a major program of conservation works at the emblematic Penitentiary at the Port Arthur Historic Site.

The works are being undertaken to ensure the ongoing structural stability of the Penitentiary. Engineering surveys have indicated that the ruins are vulnerable, particularly to forces of high winds.
Following the assessment of EOIs a shortlist of responders will be invited to tender for the project.

The procurement process will adhere to the guidelines contained in the Treasurer’s Instructions for Tasmanian Government procurement, with some exceptions due to some State Government processes that are not available to PAHSMA as a Government Business Enterprise. The details of the process are provided in the Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) documentation available from the PAHSMA website (
Advertisements seeking expressions of interest will be published in the Mercury, Examiner and Advocate newspapers on Saturday 26 October.

Port Arthur’s Penitentiary was once the biggest building in Tasmania and today is the most photographed structure of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site. Initially built as a flour mill and granary, it was constructed as a timber-framed building with a brick and stone ‘skin’ and later converted to a penitentiary. Bushfires in the 1890s destroyed the timber frame, leaving the walls as self-supporting ruins.

The Penitentiary is an emblem of Australia's heritage and convict origins.

The Penitentiary is an emblem of Australia’s heritage and convict origins.