Kier completes £253m prison project in Wellingborough, UK

WCN Editorial Team 7 Mar 2022 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Kier has completed the £253m HMP Five Wells in Wellingborough, a project that is a part of the Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ’s) Prison Estate Transformation Programme in the UK.

The prison includes seven houseblocks, classrooms, workshops, a kitchen, an entry building and a spacious visitors’ hall.

This 60,000m2 prison is claimed to be the first to be delivered as part of the efforts to reform and modernise the prison estate.

Claimed to be setting new standards in modern methods of construction (MMC), innovation and digital technologies, Kier used a Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) aspect-led mode for the delivery of the project as a project integrator.

The project featured 15,183 precast panels and over 60,000 sub-components across 13 buildings on site.

Around 80% of the design has been consistent and is appropriate for future projects.

With majority of manufacturing facilities being located in former industrial heartlands and areas with high levels of deprivation, the offsite manufacture of the project has supported the national levelling up agenda, claimed the company.

Following the BIM and digital integration with the MOJ and supply chain, Kier could track digitally all components right from manufacture to installation.

Due to this approach, the prison was built 22% faster than regular construction approach.

The on-site labour was also reduced by a third, with pre-fabricated mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering (MEP) saving 54,000 working hours at the site.

This Category C prison offers 1,680 resettlement places for male prisoners and has been designed to encourage rehabilitation.

Throughout the project, 227 jobs were created.

Kier Construction Group managing director Liam Cummins said, “HMP Five Wells has many pioneering aspects as both a facility and construction project. Not only does it align with the Construction Playbook but it pushes the boundaries of digital construction and design for manufacture and assembly.

“For Kier it represents a gold standard of public contract delivery. The Ministry of Justice and our collaborative working relationship has been central to the project’s success.

"It has been a monumental effort and required a strong, collaborative and enthusiastic approach from our team and as crucially, our supply chain.

"Social value has been at the heart of delivery as we have created hundreds of jobs and dozens of apprenticeships, both on site and at manufacturing facilities."


Image: This 60,000m2 prison is claimed to be the first to be delivered as part of the efforts to reform and modernise the prison estate. Credit: Kier Group PLC.


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