Mace wins place on £1.3bn new prisons programme


Mace has scooped the project delivery partner role for £1.3bn of prisons construction work as the government announced where four major jails would be built, Construction News understands.

In November 2015 the government committed £1.3bn to building nine new prisons and closing existing Victorian jails to sell their sites for housing.

Five of the new prisons were planned to be built by 2020, with more than 3,000 homes expected to be built on sites of the old jails.

Details of the locations of four of the nine new prisons were released today by the Ministry of Justice.

Where will the UK’s new prisons be built?

The four selected sites revealed today are:

  • Full Sutton in Yorkshire
  • Hindley in Wigan
  • Rochester in Kent
  • Port Talbot in south Wales

About 2,000 construction jobs are expected to be created through the programme.

Justice secretary Elizabeth Truss said: “We cannot hope to reduce re-offending until we build prisons that are places of reform where hard work and self-improvement flourish.

“This significant building programme will not only help create a modern prison estate where wholesale reform can truly take root, but will also provide a thriving, economic lifeline for the local community – creating hundreds of jobs for local people and maximising opportunities for businesses.”

Balfour Beatty, Interserve, ISG, Kier, Lendlease and Vinci were awarded spots on a six-year £600m national lot of a government prisons construction framework in 2012.