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PCE wins Project of the Year (subcontract over £500k) for HMP Featherstone 2

HMP Featherstone 2 is a self-contained new-build Category B prison built on a brownfield site.

The prison complex is constructed almost entirely in precast concrete, making the project one of the largest precast offsite-fabricated contracts in the UK.

At £16 million, it is subcontractor PCE’s largest design, procure and construct contract to date.

Excellence in a number of areas impresses judges

PCE’s performance on the project stood out for the judges because the company demonstrated excellence in health and safety, supply chain management, innovation, legacy and business growth. “A first rate performance and a very worthy winner,” they said.

“A first rate performance and a very worthy winner”

CN Specialists Awards judges

By using offsite manufacture, lorry movements and carbon emissions were considerably reduced when compared with alternative site-based construction methods. Follow-on trades could start soon after concrete panels were erected.

Carefully managed production process and supply chain

During the production phase of the project, PCE seconded its own staff to the precast concrete factories to ensure manufacturing schedules were maintained, precast units were dimensionally accurate and the highest quality levels were achieved.

Working on behalf of main contractor Kier, PCE designed the majority of the buildings, procured the precast concrete and managed a supply chain comprising six UK precast concrete manufacturers.

Huge project completed ontime and to budget

The subcontractor was also responsible for all construction using its own cranes, safety systems and precast unit lifting equipment. The scale of the project is vast: 11 substantial buildings including three four-storey blocks to accommodate 1,620 cells, a hospital, segregation unit, first night unit and reception building.

“The project included innovations which would have benefits across the new-build prison sector”

PCE was awarded the contract in 2009 to design and build all main structures, including 13,500 precast components. This comprised 3,500 different panel types.

The contract was completed on time, to budget and included innovations which would have benefits across the new-build prison sector. Notably, the Ministry of Justice is reviewing its future prison-building policy to consider building new rather than extending old facilities.

Highly commended: Hughes and Salvidge – Outukumpu Decommissioning

This £6m demolition and decommissioning project on the former 20 ha Outokumpu stainless steel plant was finished six weeks ahead of schedule by Hughes & Salvidge.

With a diverse range of activities on site at any one time, the project achieved over 50,000 safe working hours with zero reportable accidents.

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