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Sites sought for three large prison projects

The Government has begun its search for places to build three 1,500-place prisons.

Justice minister Maria Eagle announced that the hunt would be focused on London, the North-west, North Wales, and West Yorkshire.

Plans to build for two 1,500-place prisons have already been announced – in Runwell, Essex, and Beam Park West, Dagenham.

Ms Eagle said: “Finding the most appropriate place for a new prison is of paramount importance. They should be located in those areas where there is the greatest need, areas where the greater number of prisoners come from.”

Seven consortia have been shortlisted by the Ministry of Justice for a framework to design, build and operate the five prisons on PFI contracts.

Three established PFI prisons providers are on the list - Carillion with G4S; Interserve with Kalyx; and Skanska with Serco.

As revealed by Construction News, Balfour Beatty has teamed up with US operating firm GEO Group, and Bouygues also landed a place, in a consortia led by Reliance Security Group.

Laing O’Rourke is shortlisted with Mitie, and Wates with MTC.