It has been announced by the Government that four jails will have their capacity boosted by new construction work over the next 3 years. This is positive news for job seekers who may have lost their jobs due to Covid-19!
HMPs Guys Marsh in Dorset, Rye Hill in Warwickshire, and Stocken in Rutland will all benefit from additional housing blocks, while High Down in Surrey will get a new workshop. This is the latest step in the Government’s £2.5 billion dedication to creating 10,000 modern prison places, and the construction work across the 4 prisons is expected to cost circa £200 million.
The expansions to the buildings will help to support the construction industry in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, generating more long-term jobs in jails due to the jails allowing for more than 930 places.
The new jails are planned to be built more sustainably, cost-effectively, and quicker than ever before. This is thanks to new technology and modern construction methods that have already been incorporated into the new prison being built at Wellingborough. Components such as concrete walls, pipework for water, and electricity will be assembled on-site with modern, standardised processes, and will be built by companies all around the country. This will ensure the economic benefits of the investment will reach firms across the country as a result.
Planning permission is in the waiting line for works to begin, and the first prisoners are expected to arrive from winter 2022 at Rye Hill Jail, and throughout the remaining sites in 2023.
Prisons and Probation Minister, Lucy Frazer QC MP, said:
“These new jails form a major part of our plans to transform the prison estate and create environments where offenders can be more effectively rehabilitated and turned away from crime for good.
As well as a boost to our justice system, these prisons will create thousands of new jobs and send a clear signal that the Government can and will continue to invest in the vital infrastructure this country needs.”
Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Stephen Barclay MP, said:
“We are not only delivering on our commitment to provide 10,000 more prison places but also signaling a shift in how we build public buildings through a major increase in factory-built, modern methods of construction.
Building on lessons from recent school construction, this will be part of a much wider change, to be embedded at the next comprehensive spending review, ensuring public buildings benefit from the quicker assembly times, lower energy use, and stronger green footprint offered by new construction technology.”
Four new prisons are to be built across England over the next 6 years. A new jail is to be constructed at HMP Full Sutton, in East Yorkshire, and work is underway to identify new sites in the North-West and South-East of England.
In addition to the 4 new prisons, construction is well underway on HMP Five Wells, the new jail at Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, and early works have started at Glen Parva, Leicestershire, to create two new 1,680-place category C resettlement prisons.
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