Supporting the Government’s plan to deliver 20,000 new prison places.

We have been working with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) for nearly 20-years, building new prison blocks and refurbishing existing buildings across the national prison estate.

This work is crucial – not just in providing the desperately needed additional prison capacity, but also in ensuring prisons are decent and safe places to live and work – as we all aim to reduce reoffending and improve life chances for offenders. 

In 2022 we started work on the construction of our third houseblock project at HMP Stocken, a category C prison in Rutland. The new 3-storey houseblock has 206 cells (188 single, 8 doubles and 2 disability cells), an extension to the car park, new modular office for offender management and a new 100-place workshop. Construction of the houseblock is expected to be completed at the end of 2023, with the first prisoners arriving in early 2024 

This is the third houseblock we have built at HMP Stocken, the last one being a new 206 capacity Houseblock, Kitchen, Activities Building, Sub-Station including refurbishment of some ancillary buildings and an extension to existing car park back in 2017.

Improving programme and quality by maximising offsite manufacturing

We took an early decision on the 2017 houseblock to develop a modularised pre-cast concrete solution for the houseblock, integrating underfloor heating mats, cell doors, windows and grilles, and service runs, into two-dimensional components. We also worked with our offsite manufacturing facility to pre-assemble risers and plant room skids. Doing so enabled the 27 three-storey houseblock risers to be installed in just three days which, combined with use of plantroom skids, saved three weeks overall on the programme. 

I’m delighted construction can begin on this positive project at HMP Stocken.

We have been working closely with the MOJ for almost two decades to support the expansion of its estate and look forward to drawing on our in-house expertise to deliver these new prison places and create first-class facilities to help rehabilitate offenders.”

Andrew Riggs

Head of Government Sector, Wates

ISG, Kier, Laing O’Rourke and Wates alliance secure £1bn MoJ New Prisons Programme

Expanding existing jails

We are contributing to the government programme by creating more than 4,000 new prison places across England and Wales by expanding existing jails. Construction is already underway at HMP High Down with two houseblocks earmarked for HMP Guys Marsh.

This is a key element of the government’s overall £4 billion investment to build 20,000 modern and innovative prison places, ensuring the right conditions are in place to truly rehabilitate prisoners. This will give prisoners the education, skills and addiction support they need to live crime-free lives on release, helping to cut crime and protect the public.

This government is delivering on its promise to create 20,000 new prison places, complete with the workshops and facilities that will help to steer offenders towards the straight and narrow.

This not only transforms the lives of the prisoners who will be set on a better path, it will protect us all by driving down reoffending and cutting crime.

Stuart Andrew

Prisons Minister

Giving prisoners even more opportunities

As part of a drive to skill-up offenders to equip them for a life free from crime, the block includes an innovative partnership with shipping and logistics company DHL which will run courses at a purpose-built workshop.  

Prisoners will earn qualifications in the logistics industry, helping them find work upon release boosting efforts to reduce reoffending and keep the public safe. The new houseblock will also include new prisoner classrooms and fitness facilities for offenders to aid rehabilitation. 

This development will boost the prospects of prisoners by giving them even more opportunities to earn the skills and qualifications they need to find work on release.”

Russ Truman

HMP Stocken Prison Governor

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