Kier Group begins construction on new prison in Wellingborough, UK

WCN Editorial Team 18 Sep 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

UK-based construction company Kier Group has broken ground on the £253m resettlement prison in Wellingborough, UK.

The firm has been awarded the contract earlier this year by the UK Ministry of Justice (MoJ) under the Prison Estate Transformation Programme.

Located on the site of the former HMP Wellingborough that was closed in 2012, the new Category C resettlement prison will provide a modern facility that will create a safe and secure environment for staff and prisoners.

Housing more than 1,680 prisoners, the facility will have seven house blocks with more than 60,000m² of accommodation facilities and ancillary buildings.

The jail will also comprise courtyard areas and central spaces for vocational training and also faith spaces. It is expected to complete by 2021.

UK Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said: “Modern and efficient jails are at the heart of the Government’s plan to create a justice system that protects law-abiding citizens and cuts crime.

“The new prison at Wellingborough will create and support hundreds of jobs, both during construction and afterwards, and will be a major boost to the local economy.

“The prison will also provide a better environment to rehabilitate offenders and ultimately keep the public safer.”
The facility will provide 1,680 resettlement prison places, along with modern facilities to promote rehabilitation among men.

Additionally, the jail will feature windows with no bars and smaller wings that will hold just 20 men.

Kier is the main contractor on the project while Mace has been appointed as a client representative. WTP was selected as the cost consultant whereas Pick Everard and HLM have been appointed as architects.

Last month, the government announced £2.5bn funding to create modern, efficient prisons, creating 10,000 additional prison places.

Intends to increase the security and stability in prisons, the funding will also be used to undertake extensive refurbishment and maintenance work in order to bring back the already decommissioned prison places back into use.

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Image: Construction begins on the new prison in Wellingborough, UK. Photo: courtesy of Crown copyright/GOV.UK.

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