Kier is set to start on site to deliver the new build resettlement prison at Wellingborough at the beginning of May after being awarded the £253m contract by the MoJ under its Prison Estate Transformation Programme.

The new category C resettlement prison will be on the same site as the former HMP Wellingborough which closed in 2012 and will provide a modern facility which will create a safe and secure environment for staff and prisoners.  

The facility will have seven houseblocks with over 60,000m² of accommodation facilities and ancillary buildings. It will provide 1,680 resettlement prison places, with modern facilities to encourage rehabilitation among men. It will feature windows with no bars and smaller wings holding just 20 men in line with the MoJ’s commitment to building an environment conducive to rehabilitation.

Key to the project is Kier and MoJ’s commitment to engage with the local community.  Hundreds of jobs will be created throughout the construction phase. The next generation of talent will also be key to the project’s success with 50 apprenticeship opportunities available and 100 new jobs created on site.

The project is due to start on site in May 2019, with works due to complete in Autumn 2021.

Mark Pengelly, executive director of Kier Major Projects, commented: “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.

“We are dedicated to investing in the communities in which we work and our commitment to apprenticeships and job opportunities will not only help address the skills shortage that our industry faces but also provide a lasting legacy for the people of Wellingborough.”

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.”

Kier is utilising a ‘digital-first’ approach to the project that pushes the boundaries of BIM Level 2 by bringing together digital, manufacturing and on-site assembly. 3D design has been used to create the project, allowing it to be standardised and replicable across future prisons in the MoJ’s Prison Estate Transformation Programme.

Kier is the main contractor on the project and was appointed as preferred bidder in August 2017. It is working with Mace as client representative, WTP as the cost consultant and Pick Everard supported by HLM as the architects.

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