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Interserve wins £110m prison job

Interserve has won a £110 million contract to design and build a new prison for the Ministry of Justice.

The HMP/YOI Isis facility will be a young offenders institute situated within the current Belmarsh prison campus site in Woolwich.

The new 480-place training prison for young adult males is to be constructed to Category B security standards on underused land within the existing HMP Belmarsh perimeter wall.

Construction is expected to be complete by the middle of 2010.

The prison construction will include:

  • Two three-storey houseblocks with all single-cell accommodation.
  • A two-storey entry building incorporating the visitor reception, gate lodge, staff entry and staff facilities, open and closed visits areas, video courts, stores and workshops.
  • A two to three-storey central building incorporating education, workshop, classroom and library facilities, prisoner reception and discharge, healthcare, multi-faith facilities, sports hall, gymnasium and staff training and cafeteria facility.
  • A care and separation unit and a single-storey grounds maintenance facility.
  • External works comprising two small all-weather sports pitches, exercise yards, hard and soft landscaped areas, secure walkways, sterile yard, delivery yard, maintenance and fire tracks, and external building services plant compounds.

Interserve Project Services managing director David Paterson said: “With the enabling works under way we already have our feet on the ground and are off to a flying start.

“We have developed a very efficient model that allows us to build custodial facilities of the highest standard, faster and more cost-effectively than ever, and we welcome the opportunity to use this again on behalf of Ministry of Justice Custodial Property.”