Work on Wrexham super-prison enters final stages in time for 2017 opening


Wrexham’s super prison is taking shape and on track to open in February – and will offer inmates “future orientation and hope”.

These are the latest images of the progress made constructing the £212m HMP Berwyn on Wrexham’s Industrial Estate.

In April, at the peak of construction, 550 employees were on site – including painters, decorators, joiners, flooring workers and mechanical and electrical engineers.

The core of the final housing block has been installed and pre-cast concrete panels set on the wings of the education centre.

HMP Berwyn in Wrexham will take its first prisoners in February 2017

Prison governor Russ Trent has spoken to students at Wrexham’s Glyndŵr University about how he wishes to run the largest prison in the UK, saying it will be a place to rehabilitate offenders.

He said: “It’s an honour helping plan the opening of Berwyn. My personal belief on how to hold 2,106 men is to offer them future orientation and hope.

“I realise as a victim of a crime we want the offender to be punished but as a society we want them to be rehabilitated too.”

HMP Berwyn in Wrexham is due to take its first prisoners in February 2017

The prison will consist of three sections with about 700 beds in each area – broken down by house colours – with each section holding 88 beds at two beds to a room.