Kier to begin construction on £253m new build prison at Wellingborough, UK

WCN Editorial Team 2 May 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

UK construction, services and property group Kier is set to commence construction on the £253m new build resettlement prison at Wellingborough in May.

The company secured the contract from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) under the Prison Estate Transformation Programme.

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

The facility will comprise seven house blocks with more than 60,000m² of accommodation facilities and ancillary buildings.

It will provide 1,680 resettlement prison places, along with modern facilities to promote rehabilitation among men. The facility will also feature windows with no bars and smaller wings that will hold just 20 men. The MoJ intends to build an environment conducive to rehabilitation.

Hundreds of jobs are expected to be created during the construction phase, as part of a commitment of Kier and MoJ to involve the local community. Furthermore, 50 apprenticeship opportunities will be available and 100 new jobs will be created on site.

Work is expected to be completed in 2021.

Kier executive director of major projects Mark Pengelly said: “We’re very proud to have been appointed to deliver the new resettlement prison at Wellingborough and look forward to working closely with the MoJ and using our experience in new-build prison programmes to deliver first-class rehabilitation facilities.”

Kier is bringing together digital, manufacturing and on-site assembly through a ‘digital-first’ approach to the project, pushing the boundaries of BIM Level 2.

The company has also used 3D design to create the project, allowing it to be standardised and replicable across future prisons.

Kier, the main contractor on the project, was appointed as preferred bidder in August 2017. Mace has been appointed as client representative and WTP as the cost consultant. Pick Everard and HLM have been appointed as architects.

Prisons Minister Rory Stewart said: “We will deliver on our commitment to build up to 10,000 modern and decent prison places to replace old, expensive-to-maintain and unsuitable accommodation, and the start of work at Wellingborough is an important step forward.

“Providing offenders with decent conditions and regimes is absolutely key to turning their lives around and ultimately keeping our staff and the public safe.”

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Image: Rendering of the new build resettlement prison at Wellingborough, UK. Photo: Courtesy of Kier Group PLC.

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